Soitec, a manufacturer of semiconductor materials for electronics and energy industries, has introduced the Plug&Sun+, a new higher capacity version of its off-grid concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) product. The new Plug&Sun+ can be coupled with batteries and/or a diesel generator to provide electricity 24/7 and is designed to address the needs of medium-scale solar-energy installations at remote sites with limited or no access to grid power. The new system is available now and already generating orders.
The original Plug&Sun, launched in 2011, is a CPV tracking system designed to meet the energy needs of small-scale isolated sites. The new, configurable Plug&Sun+ provides an enhanced mix of technical and economic performance. It uses three of the latest generation of CPV modules from Soitec ─with a total surface area of 26.3 m2 ─and is linked to an energy management system. This allows the system to achieve a peak-power output of 7.3 kWp while providing hundreds of watts of power throughout the day and night. The system also can be configured with more than one dual-axis tracker. Additionally, when Plug&Sun+ is used in hybrid installations, it provides a renewable energy source that complements existing power generators. This can yield substantial technical and economic benefits such as reducing diesel consumption and maintenance costs.
The Plug&Sun+ system is configurable to meet the installation requirements for different applications including housing (lodges, houses, camps, etc.), industrial sites, outdoor lighting, water treatment (pumping, desalinization, etc.) and telecommunications base stations. Additionally, this deployable power generating system is adapted to the needs of individual electricity generation.
“The immediate customer demand for our newest flexible, configurable CPV system demonstrates the value of the Plug&Sun product portfolio as the most efficient solar generator of clean, off-grid electricity,” said José Beriot, vice president of solar projects development with Soitec’s Solar Energy Division. “Our new system also fits well with our strategic mission to be a leader in the off-grid energy market by spearheading the development of very efficient and robust CPV technology that is perfectly suited for remote regions with high solar radiation.”