Heliotrop’s new generation of CPV units are now prepped for installation in solar power plants of 1 to 100MW for 110m2 of module areas per row of trackers that are less than 5 metres high.
The CPV units have been designed to offer the lowest cost of electricity to national utilities and independent power producers with a 1024-sun concentration factor. Heliotrop has led several years of R&D, strongly relying on Atomic Energy Center solar engineers and researchers (CEA-INES) along with other international laboratories and also with stakeholders, including industrial partners, international IPP and EPC.
Additionally, partnerships with the automotive industry in France, has helped the French CPV manufacturer to reach 15MW, rapidly progressing to 50MW per year.
CPV technology leverages the potential of 40%-efficiency III-V cells which have very little sensitivity to temperature and with performance increasing by more than 1% per annum. The technology perfectly suits the sunbelt markets. In 2011, Heliotrop CPV prototype units were installed in France, Portugal and Morocco, mainly for demonstration and local research and development purposes to demonstrate CPV lifespan.
Morocco has been very popular of late, for CPV installations in particular. There is strong support for solar energy with the Moroccan government aiming to increase its solar capacity to 2000MW by 2020.
Presently, Heliotrop is working with several countries to bring better knowledge of CPV technology and expand its business activities.