03 Sep '12, 1pm

CPV Trackers: A Crucial Aspect of Project Success?

CPV Trackers: A Crucial Aspect of Project Success?

As anyone involved in the solar industry knows, cost reduction is crucial to survival in a challenging global market. Although concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology currently supplies just 0.1 per cent of this market - with just 100 MW installed worldwide, compared with PV's 70 GW - its manufacturers believe they can ultimately offer a lower-cost alternative to conventional panels. CPV uses mirrors or curved lenses to focus (concentrate) sunlight up to hundreds of times onto a smaller number of solar cells than traditional PV. (The amount of concentration is measured in "suns".) Because the materials used are relatively low-cost when compared with silicon wafers, CPV advocates claim their technology is more efficient than PV and ideal for high direct normal irradiation (DNI) areas. However, in order to achieve higher energy yields, CPV panels must remain trained on t...

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