CPV

In January 2015, Soitec announced a strategic refocus on its core electronics business and its willingness to transition away from its solar energy activities, in compliance with its obligations towards all solar stakeholders. Please find more information in the "News" section of this website.

Every aspect of the CPV technology has been optimized to offer a competitive commercial solution

Soitec’s concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules use Fresnel lenses to concentrate sunlight 500 times and focus it onto small, highly efficient multi-junction solar cells. With this technology, Soitec achieves a module efficiency of 32,8%. This is almost twice as high as the efficiency of conventional silicon photovoltaic modules. With our first demonstration systems dating back to 2005, we now have a solid track record of almost 80 MWp CPV installations in 28 countries.

Video - ConcentrixSoitec manufactures IEC-certified CPV modules in a fully-automated industrial production facility in San Diego, USA — one of the world’s most modern CPV module manufacturing facilities. Our modules, based on a simple, yet robust glass-glass concept, are designed for automated mass production at consistently high quality and module efficiency levels. The high degree of automation also allows us to build new production lines on a smart copy basis in high potential markets.

The basic research underpinning our module technology was developed over more than a decade at Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE, Europe’s largest solar research institute. Fraunhofer ISE has conducted research on CPV modules since the 1990s. In 2005, the Institute founded a spin-off, Concentrix Solar, to commercialize the technology. Soitec acquired Concentrix Solar in 2009.