Energy Innovations announced that it has signed a contract to provide its Sunflower system for installation in Masdar City. The project, located near Abu Dhabi in the UAE, is touted to be the first carbon neutral, zero waste city powered entirely by renewable energy in the world. It is also the headquarters for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
“It is quite appropriate that a forward-looking city like Masdar should choose to install CPV technology,” said Joe Budano, Energy Innovations’ CEO. “CPV brings great advantages over traditional PV and thin film and represents the future of solar in these high solar resource locations. We are proud to be chosen for this very important project and expect to demonstrate the value and robustness of our HCPV technology in this high radiation and high ambient temperature environment.”
Energy Innovation’s Sunflower technology is made to withstand high temperature conditions, the likes of which will be found at Masdar City. The Sunflower’s highly concentrated PV (HCPV) system uses triple junction cells, which are less affected by high ambient temperatures with a potential to lose only about 5% of their rated power.