Soitec reports excellent performance of Concentrix CPV system in Jordan

France’s Soitec is reporting excellent results for the company’s concentrated photovoltaic system in Jordan, saying the success of its performance while connected to the nation’s electrical grid confirms its readiness for large-scale deployment in the Middle East and North African region.

The system, which was jointly installed with Azur Space Solar Power, ran continuously through the extremely hot summer and fall months, demonstrating full reliability and excellent results under the most demanding conditions, the company said.

“Very high performance even under very high temperatures, and the fact that our systems require no water at all for cooling: these are the two advantages to highlight in the MENA region,” said Hansjorg Lerchenmuller, Senior VP Customer Group of the Solar Energy Business Unit of Soitec. “We have proven with real systems that our technology is best suited for the region, and we are ready for high-volume deployment.”

Soitec's systems are modular, flexible and have ultra-low water consumption. After more than six months of operation, the company reported:

Average solar-to-grid efficiency reached 21 percent, with daily peak.

Efficiencies regularly reaching 25 percent or higher.

The system has been running on a continuous basis, with 100% uptime, demonstrating its reliability in a harsh environment.

The measurement data confirm that the annual specific electricity yield will be as high as 2500 kWh/kW of installed nominal AC power. According to the company, “This extraordinary high value is a result of the site's high level of direct solar irradiation in combination with the great performance of the system”.

In addition to the Jordanian system, Soitec has five CPV systems installed in Egypt (in the Wadi El Natrun desert valley, near Cairo), and a system connected to the grid in Oman (at the Ar Rusayl industrial park near Muscat).

The company is also involved in Abu Dhabi's Masdar initiative to demonstrate the value of CPV technology for the region.

Soitec is exhibiting its Concentrix CPV technology at the World Future Energy Summit this week in Abu Dhabi. They are located in the French Pavilion, booth #8403. The Summit runs through 20 January 2011.

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