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AtaMo: PV meets the high potential of the Atacama Desert

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By Pablo Ferrada; Jorge Rabanal Arabach; Enrique Cabrera; Aitor Marzo; Pablo Tello; Andreas Schneider; Radovan Kopecek

Chile’s Atacama Desert has some of the best irradiance resources on the planet but also some of the harshest operation conditions. Scientists are working on a new type of bifacial glass-glass PV module, AtaMo, designed to make the best of the region’s resources while withstanding its rigours. Here they outline some promising preliminary results from the project.

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