Despite consolidation in the industry, 2014 is on track to be the biggest install year yet for CPV. This article explains the distinct advantages of CPV over traditional c-Si technology, not the least of which is the much higher performance and energy yeild of a CPV system versus more traditional solar panels.
Amonix Earns LEED Gold Certification for Two Facilities; Powers Solar Manufacturing Facility with Solar Power
Seal Beach, Calif., Nov. 15, 2011 – Amonix Inc., the leading designer and manufacturer of utility-scale concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems, today announced their facilities in California and Nevada have won gold-level certification for their low environmental impact construction, and high energy and water efficiency from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
With the direction of sustainability and energy advisers, Collaborative Project Consulting, Amonix’ headquarters in Seal Beach, Calif., and its production facility in North Las Vegas, Nev., both earned the internationally recognized Gold Certification in 2011, adding a total of almost 300,000 square feet to the world’s inventory of buildings that consume the absolute minimum energy and water. LEED certification grades buildings on a broad range of energy efficiency and CO2 reduction factors. Buildings are rated in 13 environmental impact categories, including climate change, indoor environmental quality, resource depletion and water intake.
Amonix manufactures its MegaModule® CPV systems at the 214,000 square foot North Las Vegas facility, which encompasses office and production space. As part of the LEED certification, eight of the Amonix CPV solar systems will supply 100 percent of the North Las Vegas facility’s energy needs, or approximately 1,500 megwatt hours (MWhs) per year. The facility will produce CPV systems that will generate 375,000 MWhs per year, or 9 million MWhs over their effective lifetime. Using solar energy to power a solar equipment manufacturing facility is similar in concept to a “breeder reactor” in the nuclear sector – the manufacturing plant will produce equipment capable of generating several thousand times as much energy in its lifetime as the manufacturing facility itself consumes, using solar power to make more solar power.
Additionally, North Las Vegas’ lighting arrays exceed LEED requirements by 15 to 20 percent. High-performance plumbing fixtures at both facilities decrease water usage 41 percent compared to conventional buildings and more than 70 percent of Amonix’ equipment and appliances are ENERGY STAR® certified.
Amonix' business and engineering operations are based at the Seal Beach location, a rehabilitated 78,000 square foot facility that won LEED Gold Certification in Feb. 2011. The Seal Beach facility earned the maximum score for its lighting system designs, which minimize wasted ambient light by focusing on work areas rather than common spaces by installing tubular “daylighting” devices bring natural light into dark spaces.
“Our two ‘green’ building efforts stand as everyday symbols of our commitment to producing high efficiency, low cost solar power systems and reducing our environmental impact,” said Brian Robertson, CEO of Amonix. “The LEED certification process is rewarding and proves that balancing economic advantage with sustainability is achievable.”
Amonix is the recognized leader in designing and manufacturing concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems that require no water in power production, use land better, and produce more energy per acre than any other solar technology. With the longest track record of real-world CPV deployments in the industry, Amonix is proven to be the best choice for solar power systems in sunny and dry climates. Amonix is headquartered with a manufacturing facility in Seal Beach, California. For more information, visit http://www.amonix.com and visit the Amonix blog at http://www.amonix.com/blog.
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Arzon Solar CEO Vahan Garboushian spoke with Ritesh Gupta in this PV Insider article about the need for both failures and successes in the progress of CPV technology and products.
04/30/2013CPV Intelligence Brief from April, 2013PV Insider
California-based Amonix, a designer and manufacturer of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems, has converted more than 36% of direct sunlight into electricity under outdoor evaluation at a independing third party evaluation lab.
A module showcasing Amonix’s latest-generation CPV technology has been in outdoor testing from late February to April of this year. During this period, the Amonix module demonstrated a peak operating efficiency of 36.2% measured on March 14, 2013 with a DNI of 876 W/m2, an ambient temperature of 16°C and instantaneous wind speed of 1 m/s, breaking the previous 34.2% peak efficiency set by Amonix in May 2012.
Over the entire testing period, the Amonix module earned a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) outdoor efficiency rating of 34.9%, a new world record, under international standard operating conditions for concentrator photovoltaics of 900 W/m2, 20°C ambient temperature and 2m/s wind speed, breaking the previous 33.5% rated efficiency record also set by Amonix in May 2012.
The module uses Boeing Spectrolab 40% high efficiency solar cells and Amonix’s proprietary CPV technology to achieve world record performance.
04/26/2013Amonix Achieves World Record for PV Module Efficiency in Test at NRELThe Wall Street Journal
SEAL BEACH, Calif.--April 26, 2013--
Amonix Inc., the leading designer and manufacturer of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems, announced today that it has successfully converted more than 36% of direct sunlight into electricity. A module showcasing Amonix's latest-generation CPV technology has been in outdoor testing from late February to April of this year. During this period, the Amonix module demonstrated a peak operating efficiency of 36.2% measured on March 14, 2013 with a DNI of 876 W/m(2) , an ambient temperature of 16degC and instantaneous wind speed of 1 m/s, breaking the previous 34.2% peak efficiency set by Amonix in May 2012.
Over the entire testing period, the Amonix module earned a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) outdoor efficiency rating of 34.9%, a new world record, under international standard operating conditions for concentrator photovoltaics of 900 W/m(2) , 20degC ambient temperature and 2m/s wind speed, breaking the previous 33.5% rated efficiency record also set by Amonix in May 2012. The module uses Boeing Spectrolab 40% high efficiency solar cells and Amonix's proprietary CPV technology to achieve world record performance.
This result continues Amonix's long history of leading the world in solar module efficiency, having been the first to convert over 1/3(rd) of the sun's energy in May 2012, and the first to break 30% module efficiency in 2011.
02/28/2013Amonix, Solar Junction Plot CPV Efficiency Gains, Lower CostsRenewableEnergyWorld.com
New Hampshire, USA -- The two current record-holders in concentrated solar PV (CPV) cell and module technology hope that combining efforts will boost performance, and lower costs, to finally fulfill CPV's promise of lower levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) compared with other solar technologies.
Last October Solar Junction topped 44 percent efficiency with its multijunction solar cells. Amonix set the top market for a CPV module in May 2012 at 33.5 percent, using ~40 percent efficient cells supplied by Spectrolab. Putting the two together will push the end efficiency significantly higher, they believe, which is the key to reducing total system costs over time. And that is CPV's real selling point over other solar PV technologies: despite higher upfront costs, it makes up for that with lower LCOE over the system's lifetime.
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