Renewable energy company Convert Italia and solar module manufacturer Solaria Corporation announced last week that the largest low-concentrating solar PV power plant in the world is now online in Puglia, Italy.
Owned and operated by Convert Italia, the solar tracking power plant combines Convert Italia’s MX1 horizontal tracking system with Solaria’s advanced low concentration photovoltaic modules. Convert Italia is currently constructing two additional solar power plants using Solaria modules.
“Solaria’s innovative modules are a perfect fit with our Convert MX1 tracker,” said Giuseppe Moro, president of Convert Italia. “Tracking systems, which follow the sun’s transit across the sky, increase sunlight capture, generating up to 30% more electricity than fixed PV arrays. The result combines industry-leading performance and reliability with compelling system economics. Solaria has been a great partner, delivering quality products with a strong focus on customer service. We’ve had high expectations for the performance of the Solaria modules, and those expectations have been met.”
The solar power plant is 2 megawatts (MW) in size, which isn’t huge but isn’t small either, and it is apparently the largest for this class of solar power.
“Convert Italia’s trackers unlock the unique advantages of Solaria modules,” stated Dan Shugar, Solaria CEO. “Our proprietary cell multiplication technology enables our high efficiency modules to use less than half the silicon of other PV modules.”
“We’re thrilled to have partnered with Convert Italia,” stated Shugar. “Convert Italia’s trackers unlock the unique advantages of Solaria modules. Our proprietary cell multiplication technology enables our high-efficiency modules to use less than half the silicon of other PV modules. Solaria modules combined with Convert Italia’s outstanding engineering and attention to detail has led to a highly successful project.”
Solaria’s patented technology and proprietary manufacturing process enable more efficient use of crystalline PV material in standard form factor modules. Optimized for solar tracking systems, Solaria modules use high quality crystalline silicon, robust tempered glass with specialized optical properties, and listed materials for exceptional reliability and performance.
Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers. The stronger the sunshine, the more electricity is produced. Groups of cells are mounted together in panels or modules that can be mounted on your roof.
The power of a PV cell is measured in kilowatts peak (kWp). That’s the rate at which it generates energy at peak performance in full direct sunlight during the summer. PV cells come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most PV systems are made up of panels that fit on top of an existing roof, but you can also fit solar tiles.
Solar tiles are designed to be used in place of ordinary roof tiles. A system made up of solar tiles will typically cost around twice as much as an equivalent panel system, although you will save the money you would have spent on roof tiles or slates. Solar tile systems are not normally as cost-effective as panel systems, and are usually only considered where panels are not considered appropriate for aesthetic or planning reasons
Featured image: cleantechnica.com
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