SolFocus new CPV array adds power, cuts assembly time

The new SF-1136SX SolFocus concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) array produces more power than prior products and cuts field assembly time in half, according to the company.

July 11, 2011 — The new SF-1136SX SolFocus concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) array produces more power than prior products and cuts field assembly time in half, according to the company.

The design is based on SolFocus’s SF-1100P concentrator panel with improved factory integration, simpler mechanical structure, and better logistics packaging. Each SF-1136SX provides 15.6kWp DC power, more kilowatts per tracker than previous designs. The array form factor is designed to minimize wind disturbance and reduce installed touch-points.

The SF-1136SX array is constructed from 9 multi-panel assemblies (MPAs) each comprising 4 panels. The MPAs are assembled at the factory, requiring no field adjustments. On-site installation work comprises non-specialized assembly steps, followed by an automatic calibration. The glass and aluminum construction is optimized for harsh outdoor exposure, with less structural steel content.

The SF-1136SX is the result of collaboration with field construction and supply chain partners, said Mark Crowley, CEO of SolFocus.

SolFocus will ship the new CPV array early in Q4 2011.

Check out the product at Intersolar North America booth 8716 in Moscone West, San Francisco, CA, July 12-14.

SolFocus makes solar energy systems based on concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) technology. For more information on SolFocus visit www.solfocus.com.

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