Heliotrop announces contracts to supply over 70 MW in solar power
The producer of III-V based solar cells says that most of the submitted projects are hybrid solar power plants, mixing CPV and traditional PV technologies
Heliotrop, an innovator of multi-junction solar cells, says that its clients have submitted several bids for a total of more than 70 MWp to be realised in France. The projects include more than 20 MW of 1024-sun Heliotrop CPV units.
Clients include major project Developers, Engineering, Procurement and Construction companies and Independent Power Producers. This Call for Tender was organised by the French Power Regulatory body (Commission de Régulation de l’Energie).
Most submitted projects are hybrid solar power plants, mixing innovative CPV and traditional PV technologies, which is a way for Heliotrop CPV technology to demonstrate its superior performances and accelerate its bankability.
Concentrated Photovoltaics technology is poised to become the leading solar technology, according to market reports and business analysts, with key advantages and low cost of electricity in sunny areas such as South of France and others locations with high direct normal irradiance.
Heliotrop 1024-sun CPV technology is being developed with several R&D laboratories and manufacturing companies. Laboratories include INES (Institut National de l’Energie Solaire), part of Atomic Energy Centre (CEA). Units are manufactured by leading companies in their sector, Eolane for electronics & packaging and GMD for mechanics.