Castilla-La Mancha, Spain [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] SolFocus announced the completion of its concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) installation at the Institute of Concentration Photovoltaic Systems’ (ISFOC) 3-megawatt (MW) municipal power production facility. SolFocus is the first of three companies to complete its contract with ISFOC in the first phase of the project.
SolFocus has installed two different CPV power plants for the project, a 200-kilowatt (kW) system at Puertollano and a 300-kW system at Almoguera. The ISFOC facility has performed initial testing and analysis confirming that in SolFocus’ first commercial deployment of its SF-1000P CPV panel, each panel is performing as designed at specified power levels.
The ISFOC project was created both as a municipal power plant and a proving ground for CPV technology. The original contract was awarded to SolFocus in late 2006, shortly after the creation of ISFOC as a power-producing testing facility for high-efficiency CPV technology. ISFOC sought the most promising CPV technologies approaching the electrical generation market, and selected SolFocus in advance of commercial production.
“SolFocus has done an excellent job of progressing its technology from R&D into commercially-ready product,” said Dr. Pedro Banda, director general of ISFOC. “While we are just now beginning to evaluate performance results from the installed systems, initial results look excellent and validate our belief that the high-efficiency capability of CPV technology is going to provide high energy yields.”
Earlier this month the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved the SF-1000P CPV panel as the very first CPV product listed for commercial deployment in the state of California.