Emcore and Sandia Labs to Develop of Concentrator PV Power Systems

Emcore and Sandia National Laboratories signed a contract in which Sandia will provide technical support for Emcore’s terrestrial solar systems products. Sandia has worked in the development of photovoltaics for grid-tied, utility scale power generation, for more than 25 years.

“Emcore is the leading supplier of GaAs, multi-junction solar cell technology for power generation on satellites,” said Reuben Richards, Emcore’s CEO. “Emcore is adapting its state-of-the-art solar cell technology as a base for the development of large scale, concentrator photovoltaic power systems. Our goal is to become the leader in solar energy power systems.” Emcore Corporation, which offers compound semiconductor-based products for the broadband, fiber optic, satellite, solar power and wireless communications markets, offers high efficiency Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) solar cells, Covered Interconnect Cells (CICs) and panels for satellite applications. For terrestrial applications, Emcore is adapting its high-efficiency GaAs solar cells for use in solar concentrator systems. Its photovoltaic segment provides products for both satellite and terrestrial applications. “We are happy to work with Emcore on these programs,” said Dr Jeff Nelson. Manager of the Sandia Solar Technologies Group. “Sandia has worked for many years on the development of solar power. Emcore, with its advanced solar cell technology, provides an excellent path for the commercialization of this technology.”
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