The Hami concentrator PV plant in China has entered its second phase, according to manufacturer Soitec and developer Focusic New Energy Holding.
The 20.5MW plant, one of the technology’s largest installs in Asia, is in on the edge of the Gobi desert in Xinjiang province.
“We started our cooperation with Soitec in 2011,” said Ma Wenxing, managing director, Focusic. “We first built a 2.7MW pilot plant based on their CPV technology, which was inaugurated last July. This first phase has confirmed the high efficiency and power output of Soitec's CPV technology. We therefore decided to use Soitec's modules for the two remaining phases of our project.”
The plant operates without cooling water and can withstand very high ambient temperatures.
“The first phase of this project has already demonstrated the excellent results of our products and we are very pleased Focusic decided to pursue their collaboration with us for the remaining parts of this CPV power plant,” said Fabio Mondini de Focatiis, vice president of Middle East, Asia Pacific and LATAM for Soitec's Solar Energy Division.
The first phase was 2.7MW with the second phase to total 5.8MW. The final 12MW will be installed next year. Phase two is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
The project received a RMB200 million (US$32.7 million) loan from the China Development Bank.