JDSU says its concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) cells are now available. The company is working with solar system integrators that will use its CPV cells in solar modules installed at power generation facilities worldwide.
According to the ‘CPV Industry Report 2010,’ CPV system installations in the U.S. will represent $70 million this year and are expected to grow to more than $3 billion by 2015. The CPV market is initially being driven by use in power plants at college campuses, shopping centers and industrial buildings that generate power in the 500 kW to 10 MW range.
‘Initial demonstrations of CPV technology have proven successful, and now larger projects are starting to ramp,’ says Greg Sheppard, chief research officer at analyst firm iSuppli. ‘CPV installations will represent 100 MW in 2011, and we expect that number to grow to 1 GW by 2015. CPV will have a particular advantage in sunny regions, such as in the desert, over other solar technologies.’