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New Applications and Emerging Markets for CPV

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "CPV: NewApplications And Emerging Markets – 2010 Technology And Market Analysis" report to their offering. Concentrating Photovoltaics (CPV)continues to generate interest and investment worldwide as a uniquesolution for large-scale commercial and utility-scale solar powergeneration. This report, building on research conducted in 2008 by thePrometheus Institute and

Cogentrix Energy Signs Contract For Large CPV Plant

Cogentrix Energy LLC, an electric power generation project development company, has entered into a contract with Public Service Co. of Colorado (PSCo), an XcelEnergy company, for a concentrating photovoltaics project to be locatednear Alamosa, in southern Colorado. The 30 MW solar generatingproject will be the largest facility of its type in the world, according to


SolFocus and Concentrix Leading CPV Revolution

Reporting from the Intersolar show in San Francisco, Calif.– We’re starting to see small signs of progress in concentrating photovoltaics (CPV). SolFocus SolFocus VP of Sales and Marketing, Nancy Hartsoch, spoke at an insightfullymoderated panel at Intersolar on Monday afternoon.  After a bleak 2009,SolFocus now considers itself an emerging growth company, rather than astartup, and


CPV Solar Cells for New Clean Energy Frontier

Improving the efficiencyof solar cells is critical for increased deployment and the subsequentreduction of greenhouse gas emissions, andcompanies and research institutions all over the globe are involved inthis endeavor. This issue has become even more urgent as countries seekclean alternative energy sources in thewake of numerous lethal and environmental disasters in the U.S. and China associated

Amonix Completes CPV Project, Plans Factory In Nevada

Amonix, a supplier of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems, has inaugurated a 308 kW system at the River Mountains Water Treatment Facility ownedby Southern Nevada Water Authority. U.S. Senate Majority Leader HarryReid presided over the ceremony. In addition, Amonix announcedthat plans to use $5.9 million of a $9.5 million investment tax creditfrom the American Recovery and

CPV Grabs $62M from DOE

The U.S. Department ofEnergy  (DOE) recently announced the selections of projects toreceive up to US$62 million over five years for research intoConcentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems capable of providing low-costelectrical power. This funding will support improvements in CSP systems, components,and thermal energy storage to accelerate the market-readiness of thisrenewable energy technology. CSP plants can include

Amonix Raises $130M for CPV Cheaper than First Solar

High-concentration photovoltaics (CPV) firm Amonix raised along-rumored $129.4 million Round B led by Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield& Byers along with Adams Street Partners, Angeleno Group, PCG CleanEnergy & Technology Fund, Vedanta Capital, New Silk Route, theWestly Group and return backer MissionPoint Capital Partners.  Amonixhad previously raised $25 million in Series A funding from Goldman Sachs Group

SolFocus Installing 1 MW CPV Plant At California College

Victor Valley College and SolFocus plan to install a 1 MW facility of high concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems for the college, located in Victorville, Calif. The Victor Valley College solar micro-generating facility is expected to produce roughly 30% of thecollege’s electricity demand. Construction on the six-acre plantis currently under way on the college’s main campus.

Chevron Teams Up With Kit Carson Electric to Develop CPV (CVX)

Today, Chevron Mining Inc., a subsidiary of oil major Chevron Corp, announced that sister company Chevron Technology Ventures(CTV), will build a one megawatt Concentating photovoltaic (CPV)project on CMI’s molybdenum mine in Questa, New Mexico to beginoperation later this year. Confused yet? If not, then how about this:the project represents a departure from Chevron’s normal solardevelopment

Is Concentrated PV (CPV) More Efficient Than PV?

The scientific and political stage for the success of solar energyis set. Markets are huge. Management of growth is the key. Oncedemonstration plants run according to plans and expectations, just twoyears should show that CPV does indeed deliver. The past twelve monthsmay not have been the best time to be rolling out a newlycommercialized branch

Concentrix Solar wins IEC certification for CPV module CX-75

Concentrix Solar, a leading supplier of Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV)systems and a new division of the Soitec Group (Euronext Paris), theworld’s supplier of engineered substrates, has received IECcertification 62108 for its CX-75 FLATCON(R) module generation. TheInternational Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is the world’s leadingelectrical and electronic standards organization. IEC 62108 is the CPVindustry’s standard, ensuring that modules

Concentrix Receives IEC Certification For New CPV Module

Concentrix Solar GmbH, a division of the Soitec Group (Euronext Paris), has been awardedInternational Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certification 62108 forits CX-75 FLATCON module. IEC 62108 is the CPV industry’s standard,ensuring that modules and assemblies are suitable for long-termoperation in a wide range of outdoor climates, the company says. Theassessment was performed by the Spain-based accredited

Recent Developments in the CPV Industry

NREL’s Sarah Kurtz has updated her Concentrating Photovoltaics report. The pdf is downloadable here.   Sarah is always the optimist about CPV.  According to the report: The high-concentration PV industry has made great strides in the last year, including: Demonstration of full-scale products with high efficiency: 29% for small module and 25% AC for a full-scale

The Concentrix Acquisition and the State of the CPV Industry

Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) equipment vendor Concentrix was acquired by Soitec last week for about $50M from shareholders Good Energies and Abengoa Solar. According to the press release, "Soitec is entering the fast-growingsolar industry; capturing value through the system level; and expandingits revenue base as worldwide demand for CPV systems is anticipated toramp up strongly in