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CPV: Call it a Comeback?

CPV: Call it a Comeback?

The most efficient form of solar power, concentrated photovoltaic (CPV), is the least commonly used right now. Last year the U.S. alone saw multiple gigawatts PV installed. The whole world is likely to have about 357.9 megawatts of CPV installed in 2014. That could change, according to a new report from GlobalData, which anticipates that


Soitec Nears 45% Solar PV Cell Efficiency

The limits of solar efficiency are being pushed higher by the newest multi-junction PV cell from Soitec and its partners, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin. The group announced in late September that they reached a PV conversion efficiency of 44.7 percent for a solar cell. This puts


Solar Outperforms S&P in 13 States

Thirteen might not be a lucky number, but it seems like a better number when you consider that in 13 states—over a quarter of all states, including the most populous ones like California and New York—solar offers a better return on investment than investing in the S&P 500. That’s just another way to look at


New CPV Efficiency Record for Amonix

Amonix, which makes concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems, has once again broke a world record for real-world efficiency testing. In real-world testing, the company’s latest CPV technology reached a peak conversion efficiency of 36.2 percent at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. The new record broke Amonix’ former world record of 34.2 percent


Amonix Teams Up with Solar Junction

2012 was not a good year for concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar firms. GreenVolts went under and Amonix went quiet after shuttering its Nevada factory and laying off much of its staff. Brad Mattson, CEO of Solexant and semiconductor entrepreneur, spoke at PARC recently and suggested that CPV technology might succeed in the shape of a


CPV Startup REhnu Grabs SunShot Grant

REhnu, a solar company that spun out of the University of Arizonaoptics department, was awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help bring its technology to market. REhnu received one of 10 SunShot Incubator awards and was the only company working in the high-concentration photovoltaics realm, according to a release


Stion: Big Winner of SunShot Incubator 7

Department of Energy just announced winners of its SunShot Incubator 7 program. In all, the DOE announced $10 million in investments in solar startups projects across U.S., with San Jose, Cali.-based Stion winning the highest amount of $2 million. Stoin developed a new tandem copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) module thin-film photovoltaic technology that’s produced

The State Of The CPV Market 2013

A US-based solar manufacturer has offered a glimmer of light to the much-maligned solar market. Solar Junction of San Jose, CA, which manufactures III-V element, compound semiconductor, multi-junction solar cells for concentrated photovoltaic (CPV), surpassed its own world record this week for the energy conversion efficiency of a commercial-ready module. It raised the bar to


Amonix Closes Nevada Factory

After the recent news of Amonix closing its North Las Vegas, NV factory and the other bad news from Amonix, I am returning to my practice of labeling concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) “The zero-billion-dollar market.” I had shelved that phrase, and in a rare instance of optimism, had tried to be patient and understanding with PV’s


Guardian Glass Being Used Across Solar Industry

Solar products from flat PV (photovoltaic) modules to CSP (concentrated solar power) mirrors to the ever-and-always emerging BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaics) sector will be using glass in their bill of materials (BoM) for the foreseeable future. Flexible solar in a non-glass encapsulant might have its place in the market someday, but for now it is a


Solar Junction Can’t Keep up with Multi-junction PV Cell Demand

You don’t hear this too much these days with all the silicon photovoltaic manufacturers suffering from an overheated market, but Solar Junction may face shortages of its mullti-junction gallium arsenide PV cells for concentrating PV (CPV) systems even as the company ramps up production. Most recently the company received an order of 5 megawatts from