Players on the concentrated photovoltaics market: A review

Morgan Solar, USA       - Ultra thin optical structures that capture transport and concentrate sunlight. Light is redirected onto tiny slivers of PV at the edge of the optic - not underneath. Eliminates the bulkiness of traditional CPV systems

Covalent Solar, USA -   The dye-based luminescent solar concentrator functions without the use of tracking or cooling systems. Dye molecules coated on glass absorb sunlight, and re-emit it at a different wavelengths sending light without heat to solar cells on the edge of the plate.

Cool Earth, USA -         Our technology incorporates inflated photovoltaic collectors to enable solar energy farming at well below the cost of coal and other non-renewable energy sources.

Silicon Valley Solar, USA       - Flat plate concentrator solar modules.

Sunengy, USA      The Liquid Solar Array system is based on floating solar collectors made mostly of plastic. Each has a very small area of silicon photovoltaic cells at the water surface with a large, thin plastic focusing lens rotating slowly above to track the sun.

JX Crystals, USA - JX Crystals champions Thermo and Solar Photovoltaic products that work together to generate heat and electricity by combining renewable solar energy with the most efficient use of fossil fuels. Infrared-sensitive gallium antimonide (GaSb) photovoltaic cells.

Xtreme Energetics, USA          Solar 'panels' that blend solar concentration and tracking with transparent transistor technology. Can be visually well integrated on buildings.

Energy Innovations, USA -     Dual-axis solar tracking with primary and secondary concentrators and other innovations.

Prism Solar Technologies, USA -     Prism Solar Technologies, Inc. manufactures a new type of photovoltaic module that uses transparent holographic optical elements in its design. This innovative, patented holographic technology collects and spectrally selects useful wavelengths from the sun and focuses them onto the cell to create electricity.

Amonix, USA -     Amonix designs and manufactures high performance one-sun and high-concentration solar cells and systems. Amonix is well positioned in three PV market segments: Large Utility-Scale Electric Power: to electrify homes and villages throughout the world,   Industrial OFF-GRID: for multi-purpose government and commercial wireless communications, Space: Power for Space Satellites

Stellaris, USA -     Stellaris' concentrating photovoltaic glazing (CPG) uses passive optics to concentrate light, reducing the amount of photovoltaic material required and greatly reducing the cost of photovoltaic modules and building-integrated systems.

Entech Solar, USA         - ENTECH provides advanced solar energy technology for a variety of applications, ranging from day lighting systems for commercial buildings to solar power arrays for spacecraft. Our inexpensive Fresnel lenses capture the sunlight, and focus it onto small solar cells, thereby reducing electricity costs compared to conventional flat-plate (planar) solar energy approaches.

Daystar Technologies, USA -  DayStar’s patented ConcentraTIR™ (Total Internal Reflection) PV module has been designed to incorporate a variety of cell material components, including wafer-Si, Spheral Si, thin-film CIGS and a-Si.

SolFocus, USA      - SolFocus combines the efficiency of triple-junction solar cells with the power of tailored imaging optics.

Pacific Solar Tech, USA, China        Pacific Solar Tech uses advanced dome-shaped lenses to concentrate sunlight 10 times onto small area solar cells (only one tenth of the lens size).

GreenVolts, USA  - Founded in 2005 to deliver solar power at fossil fuel costs. The company’s breakthrough high concentration photovoltaic technology efficiently integrates tracking and optics into a system that dramatically lowers energy cost.

Day4Energy, Canada - Day4Energy develops proprietary photovoltaic (PV) technology solutions enabling affordable, efficient grid-connected PV energy systems. Highly efficient solar cells, BIPV applications, solar concentrator technology.

Green & Gold Energy, Australia -   Innovative and ground breaking SunBall™. Incorporating a high efficiency (>30%) solar energy concentrator, automatic dawn to dusk Max kWh Tracking™ internal 2 axis tracking system and Cool PV™ low operational PV cell temperature.

Solar Systems, Australia -       Dish concentrator PV systems.

Whitfield Solar, UK -     A developer of low cost solar concentrators.

Concentrix Solar, Germany    Under the name FLATCON®, we offer complete, turnkey concentrator photovoltaic power plants on the commercial level.

Zenith Solar, Israel -      Modular and easily scalable high concentration photovoltaic systems. The system provides high electrical output concurrently with heat at temperatures ranging from those associated with domestic hot water to those suited to process heat - that can address vertical cogeneration applications.

Concentrated Solar Thermal Systems, Ecosystem Solar Electric, USA -Ecosystem Solar Electric Corp. is an affiliate of Solar MW Energy, Inc. These special purpose entities are established and positioned as the Developer and Operator of solar thermal electric hybrid power plants, on behalf of facilities' owners.

Infinia, USA         Free-piston power generation, combined heat and power, and cooling technology for the government, military, and commercial markets based on the Stirling cycle. Solar dish technology.

SkyFuel, USA       Our two thermal Concentrating Solar Power technologies, SkyTrough™ (parabolic trough) and Linear Power Tower™ (linear Fresnel) employ arrays of reflectors that focus 50-100 times the Sun's normal radiation onto heat-absorbing pipes.

SolarReserve, USA         - Solar power tower configuration which captures and focuses the sun's thermal energy with thousands of tracking mirrors. Heated molten salt is then stored, maintaining 98% thermal efficiency, and eventually pumped to a steam generator.

Solargenix Energy, USA -       Leading provider in the design, manufacturing, integration and deployment of solar thermal renewable energy systems that address the cooling, heating and power needs of residential and commercial markets. Solar troughs, space heating and cooling, de-salination, vacuum tubes,

Ausra, USA - Ausra offers solar thermal electric power stations that provide large-scale low-cost, reliable, renewable energy. Ausra's technology is proven, easily manufactured and installed, and scalable to high volume.

Edtek, USA - EDTEK is developing a line of unique modular, cogenerating solar concentrator systems.

Stirling Energy Systems, USA -       Electricity generation with solar dish Stirling systems.

Flagsol, Germany  - Parabolic trough technology.

Flabeg, Germany - High-precision parabolic mirrors for solar power installations.

Schott Solar, Germany - Receivers for solar thermal power plants.

BrightSource Energy, Israel   - BrightSource Energy develops utility-scale solar power projects that utilize its unique, proprietary solar technology, Luz DPT (Distributed Power Towers) 550, to convert sunlight to electricity.

Solel, Israel   - Longstanding, field-proven experience with parabolic trough solar thermal plants. Applications for: power plants, commercial and industrial heating, cooling and power-generation.

Solar Thermal Power Plant Developers, Solar Millenium, Germany Construction and operation of large-scale solar thermal power plants. Specialised in parabolic trough and solar chimney power plants.

Concentrated Solar Power - Publications, Resources

CSP Today  - CSP-news offers news and events on the Concentrated Solar Power industry, as well as providing the only social network for professionals of CSP to meet, network, share information and do business.

Instituto de Concentracion Fotovoltaica, Spain    - Development of concentrated photovoltaic plants in Spain.

European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA), Belgium -ESTELA is a European Industry Association created to support the emerging European solar thermal electricity industry for the generation of green power in Europe and abroad, mainly in the Mediterranean region. ESTELA involves and is open to all main actors in Europe: promoters, developers, manufacturers, utilities, engineering companies, research institutions.

Concentrated Solar Power - Free Listings, Sopogy - Hawaii Sopogy manufactures MicroCSP™ solar concentrator technology. MicroCSP™ uses mirrors to intensify the energy of the sun for electricity production, solar air conditioning and process heating.

 

 

Vasil Sidorov from www.technologyreview.com

17.07.2009

E-mail: sidorovvasil@gmail.com

 


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