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CPV Update: SunPower Ramps Up in China, Soitec Achieves South Africa "Milestone"

CPV Update: SunPower Ramps Up in China, Soitec Achieves South Africa "Milestone"

The JV, Huaxia Concentrated Photovoltaic Power — involving SunPower and Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor, with regional independent power grid company Inner Mongolia Power and state-owned Hohhot Jinqiao City Development Company — was formed in December 2012 and officially registered last November to establish a foothold in China for SunPower's C7 Tracker technology, which combines a horizontal single-axis tracking with parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight at 7× concentration onto the company's third-generation Maxeon solar cells, which boast conversion efficiencies exceeding 24 percent. These specific Inner Mongolia operations, like other arid regions, have to deal with cold weather and soiling, so the company also plans to use its recently acquired Greenbotics robotic solar panel cleaning technology which uses far less water than traditional panel washing, noted Matt Campbe...

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