28 October 2010


Cyrium adds quantum dot solar cell technology to SUNRISE CPV solar trackers

Cyrium Technologies Inc of Ottawa, Canada, which makes multi-junction solar cells for concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems, says that its quantum dot enhanced solar cells are incorporated in the CPV solar tracker deployed as part of the SUNRISE (Semiconductors Using Nanostructures for Record Increases in Solar-cell Efficiency) project. Cyrium says that SUNRISE demonstrates that its quantum dot technology can be used to enhance the performance of multi-junction cells in CPV systems and enable the delivery of higher conversion performance at higher concentrations.

Last week, the National Research Council of Canada announced the introduction of the SUNRISE solar tracker, installed at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology site in Ottawa. SUNRISE is a research collaboration between the National Research Council of Canada, the University of Ottawa, the Université de Sherbrooke and industrial partners Cyrium Technologies and Opel International. The project is funded by the National Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Business Development Bank of Canada.

As the engine driving CPV systems, Cyrium's patented quantum dot enhanced cells (QDEC) were critical to the success and execution of the SUNRISE project, says the firm. When used in advanced solar modules on dual axis trackers, such as those provided by Opel, Cyrium's QDEC cells enable the system to achieve some of the highest efficiencies in the CPV industry.

"Seeing our patented cell technology at the core of the project is exciting not only for Cyrium but also for all of those who see CPV as a viable and cost effective source of solar power," said Harry R. Rozakis, president and CEO of Cyrium Technologies.

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