Soitec (Euronext) has completed the first delivery of its Concentrix concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems to a Chinese client. The recipient was developer Focusic New Energy Holding, which will use the systems for a 3MW CPV plant in the city of Hami on the edge of the Taklamakan desert.
“The renewable-energy market in China presents exciting prospects for our CPV technology, and we are delighted to seize this opportunity together with Focusic,” added Hansjörg Lerchenmüller, the senior vice president at Soitec’s Solar Energy Business Unit.
The Concentrix system, like most CPV technology is well-suited to desert locales with high direct normal irradiance (DNI) levels, such as Taklamakan. And, according to managing director Ma Wenxing, Focusic, which plans to use Concentrix for its future installations, was convinced by the technology’s high efficiency, low installation and maintenance costs and its capability to function without water for panel cooling.
“We are impressed by the ultra-high efficiency of Concentrix technology and by the experience that Soitec has amassed through extensive research and development work, dating back to the technology’s origin at Fraunhofer ISE,” Wenxing said.