In the past AZUR SPACE Solar Power invented future for space and terrestrial silicon solar cells, now we see a bright future for CPV with high efficiency multijunction solar cells.
CESI a world leader in consulting and testing services for electricity sector players, has 30 years’ experience in R&D and production of high efficiency multi junction solar cells for space and terrestrial applications and facilitates through its competencies and relationships the bankability of CPV projects. We are proud to be a member of a key organization such as the CPV Consortium were we also contribute our foothold in areas where large scale renewable energy investments are ongoing such as South and East Mediterranean and Middle East countries.
BSQ Solar is a developer and manufacturer of HCPV systems, founded as a spin-off of car part manufacturers based in Spain and Mexico. Its HCPV technology is the result of more than 15 years of R&D and field testing, presenting some of the longest running CPV systems in the world. We firmly believe that an innovative combination of advanced HCPV technology and a close to the end-market business model, has the potential to become a paradigm changer holding the promise to achieve the ultimate pervasiveness of large scale solar electricity. Performing as a global industry’s think-tank, the CPV Consortium is key in the implementation of this vision.
Saint-Augustin Canada Electric Inc. (STACE) designs and manufactures large electrical equipment for the power generation industry since 1977. As a world-class supplier, the company is very active on the international markets. Following the acquisition of Soitec’s CPV technology, STACE is committed to continue to improve its best-of-the-class product and promote the use of renewable energy.
Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI), established in 1897 from copper wire production and now a member of the “Fortune Global 500 Companies,” manufacturers diverse, advanced technologies for many industries. At the heart of the company’s strategy is the Environment and Infrastructure Business, including the Energy Division which incorporates a variety of technologies, including CPV solar equipment, battery storage, energy management systems, and cable. The company’s lightweight, slim CPV module design is ideal for high-sun regions, and very importantly is backed by the strength of a $25 billion company, providing assurance to its customers that projects developed today will be supported for years to come. With its breadth of offerings Sumitomo is uniquely positioned in the CPV market to provide not just products, but complete energy solutions.
Umicore is a global materials technology and recycling company. Umicore focuses on application areas where its expertise in chemistry, materials science, metallurgy and recycling makes a real difference. Umicore’s activities are centered on four business groups: Catalysis, Energy Materials, Performance Materials, and Recycling. Each business group is composed of market focused business units offering materials and solutions that are at the cutting edge of new technological developments that are essential to everyday life.Through its business unit Electro-Optic Materials, Umicore is a leading global supplier of germanium substrates, which are the foundation of high-efficiency solar cells used for space satellites and CPV systems.
The German Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, have compiled a study that describes the status of both the current market as well as the state-of-the-art for concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology. The study gives an overview of all installations bigger than 1 MW, also of all companies active in the field of high and low concentration technologies as well as of efficiency values and the levelized cost of electricity. The study will be updated every half year.