Wisconsin, United States — Johnson Controls, best known for providing energy efficiency services and automobile-related products, says it will join forces with the German concentrating solar power (CPV) company Concentrix Solar to help it develop large-scale projects.
The companies say the partnership will help them pursue global commercial opportunities for the development, financing and construction of utility scale solar installations. Under this partnership Johnson Controls will build, operate, maintain and provide lifecycle support of solar installations using Concentrix CPV technology.
The move by Johnson Controls marks a positive shift in the CPV space. Last year Concentrix was purchased by the manufacturing technology company Soitec. And earlier this summer, Concentrix announced a push into the North American market with new offices and support staff. This latest partnership with a company like Johnson Controls gives a boost to the company in the U.S. and beyond.
This news follows a couple big funding rounds this spring and summer for the CPV companies Amonix and Solaria.
When silicon prices were high, CPV technologies saw a resurgence in 2006. But when silicon prices dropped, some companies fell with it. However, industry leaders like Amonix and Sol Focus kept at it, building projects and reducing manufacturing costs. With this latest announcement, it appears that investors and partners like what they see.
Below is an interview with Concentrix CTO Andreas Gombert on why he thinks CPV has a place in solar.
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