SolFocus’ latest concentrator photovoltaics array, the SF-1136X, has nearly twice the rated power of the company’s SF-1100P and can be deployed in the field in less than half the time. The firm said it has increased the level of factory integration, simplified the mechanical structure of the system, and improved the logistics packaging.
The new 15.6KWp unit features 36 panels of 433.3Wp each, representing a significant increase in both system size and efficiency/power compared to the 28 300W panels found on the earlier 8.4KWp model. The SF-1136X is built with modular multipanel assemblies of four panels each, which are preassembled at the factory and thus eliminate field alignment requirements.
As a result, the company said that installation of the new CPV system comprises a series of nonspecialized assembly steps, which are followed by an automatic calibration process before energy is generated.
The first SF-1136X units will be deployed early in the fourth quarter, according to SolFocus.
“SolFocus is committed to reducing the overall ownership costs of its equipment,” said CEO Mark Crowley. “Taking an entire power-plant perspective, we collaborated closely with our field construction and supply chain partners and produced a design that maximizes installation efficiency with dramatically reduced cost.”
“SolFocus has put a lot of attention in optimizing the size and configuration of the system, making it easier to manufacture, install and use in the field,” added COO Bob Legendre. “With CPV systems, it is imperative to look not at just the panel technology as is done with traditional PV, but rather to look at the system impact from plant design through grid connect and lifetime operation.”
The company will be showcasing the new array at Booth 8716 at the Intersolar North America show.