18 Sep '12, 10pm

Amid Solar Turmoil, Concentrating PV Maker Readies Plant

Amid Solar Turmoil, Concentrating PV Maker Readies Plant

Semprius, a company that incubated with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is nearly ready to step out into the real world, announcing that its first manufacturing plant, in North Carolina, will officially open on Sept. 26. Talk about going against the flow. This is a time of retrenchment in the solar manufacturing sector, the result of years of exuberant capacity additions and slowing installation growth. But Semprius, with its concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology that yields a sky-high efficiency of 33.9 percent, figures it has something special that will allow it to flourish while competitors fade. How did it get to this point? The Department of Energy-backed NREL incubator program helped Semprius develop its concept with $3 million -- and guidance from experts -- in what’s now known as the SunShot Incubator , but private capital has hardly forsworn the co...

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