EMCORE Corp., an Albuquerque, N.M.-based provider of compound semiconductor-based components and subsystems, has been awarded a follow-on production order from Green and Gold Energy (GGE) for 3 million solar cells for use in GGE's SunCube terrestrial concentrator system.
This 105 MW purchase order represents the largest procurement of concentrator solar cells in the industry to date and is a follow-on order to an initial 5 MW order placed earlier this year, the company says. All hardware ordered under this contract is to be shipped by the end of 2008.
EMCORE will ship its Concentrator Triple-Junction (CTJ) solar cell products, which have been designed and optimized for GGE's 1100x CPV system. EMCORE has demonstrated record conversion efficiency of 39% under these high concentration conditions, and this performance will enable the most cost-effective CPV system on the market today. These ultra-high-efficiency CPV cells are presently in volume production for multiple customers in a variety of cell sizes.