Solyndra Releases Details on “Game Changing” Solar System

Solyndra Inc. announced that it has released a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the commercial rooftop market. The company said that its technology could be “game-changing” and that the PV system is designed to generate significantly more solar electricity on an annual basis from typical low-slope commercial rooftops with lower installation costs than conventional flat panel PV technologies.

Solyndra’s technology is a copper-indium-gallium-diselenide (CIGS)-based thin-film PV system. The company said that its system invloves rolling CIGS thin-films into a cylindrical shape and then placing 40 of the cylinders into a 1-meter-by-2-meter panel. Solyndra is currently shipping its systems, comprised of panels and mounting hardware, to fulfill more than US $1.2 billion of multi-year contracts with customers in Europe and the United States. The panels’ cylindrical modules could be capable of capturing sunlight across a 360° photovoltaic surface and are capable of converting direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight into electricity.

“Solyndra’s system uniquely optimizes PV performance on commercial rooftops by converting more of the sunlight that strikes the total rooftop area into electricity while also providing for a lower installation cost and lower cost of electricity,” said Chris Gronet, Solyndra’s founder and CEO.

In July of this year, Phoenix Solar AG announced that it had signed a framework agreement with Solyndra worth approximately €450 million [US $613.65 million]. Following this announcment from Solyndra, Phoenix Solar announced that starting in 2009 it will be able to to offer its customers the new system Solyndra has released.

Phoenix Solar AG said that it has sourced initial volumes of Solyndra’s panels, which it plans to use to build commercial projects this year. In 2009, Solyndra intends to supply Phoenix with solar panels that have a peak output of up to 10 megawatts (MW).
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