16 Aug '11, 12pm

Skyline Solar Retrofits CPV System: Half the Parts, More Power: In concentrating solar power, less is more

Skyline Solar Retrofits CPV System: Half the Parts, More Power: In concentrating solar power, less is more

In concentrating solar power, less is more -- or at least it is for Skyline Solar. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company spent its first few years promoting a somewhat unusual concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system that combined silicon solar cells and aluminum reflectors. To describe the technology in a nutshell, a W-shaped reflector concentrated sunlight onto rows of solar modules suspended in the air above them. The key to the system was that aluminum is hardy and cheap. Sure, you wouldn’t want your dentist using aluminum mirrors while giving you a root canal, but for bouncing the sun’s rays, shiny metal works. Skyline’s panels came from an auto parts manufacturer in Mexico . It shipped them by stacking them into ordinary shipping containers. The system, again, also employed silicon solar cells, not exotic III-V components. This year, Skyline has replaced the old syst...

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