CPV Solar Technology Since 1989

The most experienced CPV company

Amonix was founded in 1989 in Torrance, California, has been in business for more than 23 years and has over 18 years of field operating experience in concentrator photovoltaics – known as CPV.

The company was founded by CPV solar technology pioneer Vahan Garboushian, the current CEO and Chairman of the Board. 

With a goal of designing utility-scale solar energy systems, research and development was begun in 1990. Since then Amonix has developed eight generations of progressively advancing photovoltaic solar power systems.

History of World Record Performance

In the early 1990s, the Amonix team set a world record for solar cell efficiency, with a 25.5% average for sunlight-to electricity conversion, after the development of its stable back junction point contact solar cell. Continuing to build its leadership position in photovoltaic solar power technology development, Amonix introduced the MegaModule® design in the mid 1990s.

In 2005, Amonix adapted the world’s most efficient silicon cell into its design, increasing solar cell efficiency to 27.6% under concentration. Only a few years later, it incorporated the currently used III-V multijunction solar cell, which was originally developed for the space industry. This change resulted in an order of magnitude improvement over the previous silicon based CPV solar technology.  This work also set the baseline for Amonix's first commercialized product, the Amonix 7700 Solar Power Generator.  Over 70 MW DC of the 7700 were installed throughout the US Southwest from 2010 - 2013.

In 2012, Amonix set the world record for CPV outdoor operating module efficiency at 33.5% - proving that over one third of direct sunlight hitting an Amonix system can be converted into clean, green energy.  In May of 2013, Amonix broke it's 2012 record demonstrating a module with 34.9% DC efficiency at Concentrator Standard Operating Conditions (CSOC) under outdoor testing at the National Renewable Energy Lab.  In August, 2013, NREL verified the module performed at a record 35.9% DC efficiency at Concentrator Standard Test Conditions (CSTC), a new world record for a photovoltaic module at CSTC under outdoor testing.  This record still stands as the highest photovoltaic module efficiency ever demonstrated and verified by an internationally recognized independent testing organization from a module measured under natural sunlight at an outdoor testing facility.

In 2014, Arzon Solar, LLC acquired the assets, experience and expertise of Amonix, Inc. for the purpose of developing the next generation of high performance CPV products.  

The Future of Arzon Solar and Amonix CPV Technology

Arzon Solar continues to push the state-of-the-art in CPV with a foundation in Amonix technology.  Arzon Solar's latest product, the Amonix 8700, improves drastically many features of Amonix's previous product, the 7700.  The 8700 offers 10% more power and energy generation than the 7700 and is 30% lower in cost.  The 8700 product is designed to service a global market and showcases the most promising CPV technology ever developmed.  The 8700 is scheduled for production in 2014 for offering to the global utility scale solar power market.  

From 1989 till 2014, Amonix distinguished itself as a leading concentrated photovoltaic company, expanding its scope to include the manufacture of utility-scale CPV solar technology systems. The result has been a steady increase in generation capacity with a decrease in the cost of solar energy production.  No other technology platform offers the development track record, field experience, and commercial success rate of Amonix technoogy.

Arzon Solar LLC will be continuing this work, pushing the state-of-the-art in form and function in new CPV enabled products. 

 

 

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