26 July 2011

CPV system maker Amonix signs Thermax as EPC partner in India

Amonix Inc of Seal Beach, CA, USA has agreed an exclusive partnership for Thermax Ltd of Pune, India to be the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner providing its turnkey concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems to customers in India.

Amonix’s CPV systems incorporate highly efficient solar cells originally developed for aerospace applications. The dual-axis tracking systems use durable optics to focus sunlight onto multi-junction solar cells. As the technology requires no water for power production and uses land more efficiently compared to conventional solar technologies, CPV systems deliver more energy output from a given area at low energy production costs.

“Concentrated PV will be a game changer in solar power generation technologies because of the substantially high efficiency it offers,” comments Thermax’s managing director & CEO M.S. Unnikrishnan. “India, with its above-average solar incidence, is an ideal location for CPV technology, and we expect our national solar mission to act as a catalyst for its growth,” he adds.

Amonix says that its systems can be deployed quickly, at the rate of half a megawatt post-pedestal installation per day. They offer 31% module efficiency and 29% system efficiency (much higher than competing solar technologies such as crystalline silicon and thin film).

“Together, we will access the Indian market by enabling developers of solar projects to build projects, supported by world-class technology from Amonix and the strong delivery track record, supply chain and construction experience of Thermax,” says Amonix CEO & board director Brian Robertson. “This provides us the opportunity and access to the Indian market that is greatly suited for CPV solar power systems,” he adds.

Amonix says that CPV technology will pave the way to meet the goals of the Indian Government’s Solar Mission, which promotes sustainable growth while addressing the country’s energy security. It is an integral part of the initiative to respond to the global challenge of climate change. The first phase of the mission aims to commission 1000MW of grid-connected solar power projects by 2013. In addition to helping to meet these targets in the most efficient manner, CPV solar power will introduce a new solar technology to India, adds Amonix.

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