9 June 2010


CPV firm Concentrix Solar joins the Desertec Industrial Initiative

Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system maker Concentrix Solar GmbH of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, a division of the Soitec Group, has joined the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) as an associated partner. Concentrix Solar says that the partnership paves the way to utility-scale CPV projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Dii was launched in July 2009 to provide a framework for investments to supply the MENA region and Europe with power produced using solar and wind energy sources.

”We are looking forward to working with Desertec and the countries in the MENA region,” said Concentrix Solar CEO, Hansjörg Lerchenmüller. “Our CPV technology is extremely efficient, modular, flexible and very well-suited to the needs and challenges of the MENA region. As the first CPV company to join the Desertec technology portfolio, we have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to region's energy needs and the advancement of renewable energy sources.”

Concentrix Solar manufactures high-efficiency CPV systems, and offers fully integrated system kits, turnkey CPV solutions and services for utility scale power plants. As a division of semiconductor firm Soitec, Concentrix says its advances in multi-junction solar cells are supported by Fraunhofer ISE and CEA-Leti R&D labs. CPV systems are currently produced in a large volume, fully-automated factory in Freiburg, Germany, scalable to fulfill rising demand for utility-scale power plants.

The Dii’s long-term goal is to satisfy a substantial part of the energy needs of the MENA countries and meet as much as 15 percent of Europe’s electricity demand by 2050.

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