Concentrating PV (CPV) technology manufacturer Soitec and Reflexite Energy Solutions Inc., a U.S.-based global supplier of microstructured optical components for the solar power industry and other industries, have entered a joint venture called Reflexite Soitec Optical Technology LLC.
The new company will produce the silicone-on-glass (SOG) Fresnel lens plates used in Soitec's CPV modules and co-develop next-generation technologies that will continue to increase the efficiencies and lower the costs of SOG lens plates. The joint venture will be located within the new CPV manufacturing facility that Soitec is planning to open in San Diego.
Under the agreement, Reflexite will supply the technology and manufacturing expertise to produce injection-molded SOG lens plates at the ‘fab within a fab’ to be built inside the San Diego facility. Soitec says it is providing lens design expertise, business opportunities in the Southwest U.S., and the technical infrastructure of the factory.
Soitec and Reflexite are currently collaborating on the design of the area of the San Diego factory, which will employ approximately 100 people.