Chevron Puts Solar Panels Head to Head

Earlier this week, Chevron Corporation announced the start of Project Brightfield, a demonstration of next-generation solar energy technologies in Bakersfield, California. The project is made up of 7,700 solar panels from seven different companies on an 8-acre site and the power generated by the panels will be directed to the local utility grid as well as to Chevron’s oil production operations at the Kern River Field.

At Project Brightfield, Chevron will evaluate six thin-film PV technologies from Abound Solar, MiaSolé, Schüco, Solar Frontier, Sharp, and Solibro and one crystalline-silicon PV product from Innovalight

Chevron said that each solar company has access to the data about its technology.  Companies will be able to discover how well their technology performs in various conditions and compare it against a benchmark solar technology — a brand of commercially available solar photovoltaic technology — that has also been installed on the site.

“Testing competing technologies side by side means that we can better understand their potential application at other Chevron facilities,” said Des King, president of Chevron Technology Ventures, the division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

A video of the installation can be seen here.

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