30 October 2010


OPEL receives US patent for fourth-generation HCPV module

OPEL Solar Inc of Shelton, CT, USA and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which makes high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) panels (as well as both roof- and ground-based solar trackers for mounting them), has been issued a patent from the US Patent office for its CPV module used for generating electricity in utility-scale solar power plants, as well as commercial and industrial building applications.

The new HCPV module was developed by Edward J. Linke and Francisco A. Middleton and represents the fourth generation of OPEL’s HCPV technology and modules.

The HCPV module contains a housing structure that supports an array of photovoltaic cells and corresponding light guides. Using concentration lenses to focus incident solar radiation into the housing toward the light guides that then project the solar radiation onto photovoltaic cells, the module has been recognized as a new, highly efficient solar energy apparatus, says OPEL.

“Our current HCPV module is a high-performance, reliable, cost-effective system developed for a wide array of grid-connected solar systems for medium-to-high solar irradiance climates,” claims president & CEO Lee M. Pierhal.

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