Soitec, a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, announced that the company has expanded its family of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) products with its new Plug&Sun™ product.
- New small CPV system from SOITEC for remote applications
- Shipments of production units to customers are expected to begin in the course of 2012
This new model easy to install is the first stand-alone mini-tracker consisting of 3m² of highly efficiency modules.
The new Plug&Sun system is designed for use in highly sunny regions with no power grid or unreliable grid connections. The mobile power-generating station’s durability and tolerance for high temperatures make it well suited for remote usage.
The Plug&Sun stand-alone mini-tracker aims to supplement or replace existing electrification solutions, such as power generators or other forms of renewable energy. It delivers superior energy efficiency, eliminates any reliance on fuel supplies and needs very little maintenance.
Soitec’s Plug&Sun offers today’s best new integrated energy solution. With efficiency close to 30 percent, each Plug&Sun uses a two-axis tracker to generate up to 2.3 kWp of clean and reliable electricity. It is compatible with the different electrical standards, allowing it to power common electrical devices simply and rapidly, 24 hours a day, seven days a week thanks to its batteries.
Soitec’s mini-tracker will be of special interest to businesses and organizations looking for installations that are easy to transport and install. It is an ideal solution to bring electricity to an isolated village, to equip a school, a dispensary or a hospital with electrical infrastructure, as well as to help open up a region by setting up a RF antenna to power electronic devices.
“As a world leader in CPV technology, we wanted to make it possible to use our innovation in geographical regions where access to electricity is difficult to get. For example, it takes just a few hours to set up three Plug&Sun mini-trackers, which can generate 12kW on a daily basis, the equivalent of the amount of electricity needed for a village. It will ease access to electricity for the 20 percent of the worldwide population which lives without electricity today,” said André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president and CEO of Soitec.
Soitec’s Plug&Sun system, an eco-friendly product, will help to meet the sustainable development priorities of the world.
Soitec has begun taking prototype orders for the Plug&Sun system. Shipments of production units to customers are expected to begin in the course of 2012.