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.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “Flips the Switch” on Amonix Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Plant at Southern Nevada Water Treatment Facility
Henderson, Nevada – May 15, 2010 – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today presided over a ceremony to “flip the switch” at the first Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) solar energy plant owned and operated by the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) at its River Mountains Water Treatment Facility. Amonix, a leading supplier of CPV solar systems for sunny and dry climates, designed and manufactured the plant. Other dignitaries present included Jared Blumenfeld, Region 9 Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Shari Buck, Chair of SNWA Board of Directors and Mayor of North Las Vegas, and executives of SNWA, TWC Construction and Amonix.
At the event, Amonix announced that plans to use $5.9 million of a $9.5 million investment tax credit from the Recovery Act’s Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit awarded in 2010 to establish a new manufacturing facility in Southern Nevada are well underway, and that the facility will be open by the end of 2010. When fully operational, the facility will have an annual production capacity of 150 MW of CPV solar systems and employ 278 people in management, technical and production jobs. “I applaud Amonix for taking advantage of a tax credit in the Recovery Act to build a new manufacturing plant in Southern Nevada and to put nearly 300 Nevadans to work,” Senator Reid said. “This type of project is just what we need in Nevada. Not only will the new solar facility create permanent green jobs, but it further cements Nevada’s role as the leader in clean energy production. Amonix’s solar technology is now being put to work treating water at SNWA’s River Mountains facility, and soon the company will create even more jobs here when it starts manufacturing this technology right here in Southern Nevada.”
Brian Robertson, CEO of Amonix said, “We commend the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s commitment and vision in treating clean water with clean, reliable CPV solar. In addition, we recognize Senator Reid’s active role in passing the Recovery Act. It is bringing new jobs to Nevada while modernizing our electric grid to enhance the security and reliability of our country’s energy infrastructure.”
Charged with meeting the Las Vegas region’s growing demand for water with minimal impact on the sensitive desert environment at its River Mountains facility, SNWA partnered with Amonix to install a CPV solar plant capable of producing 308 kW (DC) of clean, renewable power – enough to power 50 medium-sized Las Vegas homes annually. The plant was completed in July 2009 and after a 10-month provisional period is now fully operational and performing as predicted.
The Amonix system is the company’s third installation in Nevada – first on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, second at the NV Energy Edward W. Clark Generating Station, and today, at SNWA’s River Mountains facility. “In addition to generating clean renewable energy, our new CPV solar plant will displace 500 tons of CO2 emissions and save half a million gallons of water each year compared to traditional power generation in Southern Nevada,” said Pat Mulroy, General Manager of SNWA. “The CPV solar plant uses no water in operation and does not require land grading or special treatment of the site – underscoring our commitment providing clean water in sustainable ways and with minimal impact on the local natural environment.”
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is a cooperative agency formed in 1991 to address Southern Nevada's unique water needs on a regional basis. SNWA is governed by a seven-member agency comprised of representatives from each of its member organizations. These member agencies are: Big Bend Water District, Boulder City, Clark County Water Reclamation District, Henderson, Las Vegas, Las Vegas Valley Water District, and North Las Vegas. The member agencies provide water and/or wastewater services to Southern Nevada. For more information, visithttp://www.snwa.com.
Amonix is the recognized leader in designing and manufacturing concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems that require less water, 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 in Seal Beach, California. For more information, visit http://www.amonix.com.
06/04/2014CPV tipping point explainedSolar Curator.com
04/15/2014CPV specialists say failure and progress go hand and handPV Insider
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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