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Emcore Corp of Albuquerque, NM, USA has been awarded a $4.6m follow-on production order for solar cell receiver assemblies, to be incorporated into the 500x concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) system of Concentration Solar la Mancha S.L. of Manzanares (Ciudad Real), Spain and deployed throughout Spain and other locations in fully licensed and funded projects. Shipments are scheduled to start in the September quarter and complete in early 2009.
As part of Spanish renewable energy firm Renovalia Energy, CS la Mancha has been developing the CPV system for nearly two years, and recently started production and volume deployment. Last November, CS la Mancha was selected by Spain’s Instituto de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Concentración S.A. (ISFOC ) to install 300kW of CPV systems as part of a 3MW pilot-plant CPV project.
“Our CPV receiver assembly continues to penetrate the market and we see increasing global demand for this product line. This order diversifies our customer base, a trend we expect will continue, as they transition their CPV systems from development to full-scale production,” says David Danzilio, VP and general manager of Emcore’s Photovoltaics Division.
“We are currently expanding our production capacity for both solar cells and receiver assemblies at our Albuquerque facility and expect our second receiver production line to be operational in the June quarter,” he adds.
“This demonstrates once again that CPV is being established as a cost-competitive and commercially viable technology for solar power applications,” comments Dr Jeffrey Nelson, manager of the Concentrated Solar Power Group at Sandia National Laboratories.
Emcore recently introduced a line of integrated CPV receiver assemblies (optimized for operation at 500-1000x concentration) that can be integrated into existing CPV systems, providing terrestrial systems integrators with a complete solution for the PV section while enabling them to focus effort on developing their optical design and optimizing the balance of the system (reducing their time to market).
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