At Soitec, sustainable growth and manufacturing are core concerns. Our concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) makes optimal use of resources at every stage of the product lifecycle: optimized design using a maximum of recyclable materials, fast energy payback, no need for cooling water, minimum impact on flora and fauna.
Soitec CPV systems use fully recyclable materials (steel, glass, aluminum) with an extremely small amount of semiconductor material. As a result, our CPV power plants are almost completely recyclable - making the best possible use of our natural resources.
Our CPV power plants are manufactured and built for the most efficient use of energy and materials. When looking at power plant efficiency, it is important to consider the energy used to build the plant in relation to the energy produced by the system during operation. A study by the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ENC) showed that Soitec’s CPV systems installed in sunny locations achieve energy payback in just nine months. In short, it takes less than one year of operation to produce the amount of energy used to manufacture the plant. Once energy payback has been reached, the power plant can provide environmentally-friendly solar electricity for the next 25 years or more without producing harmful emissions that could contribute to climate change.
Concentrix™ technology requires water for periodical cleaning of the solar modules — no water is needed for cooling.
CPV power plants do not obscure the land on which they are installed and cause no permanent shading, resulting in minimum impact on the site’s flora and fauna. In fact, sites can continue to be used for agriculture or grazing.
In addition to enabling more efficient use of the land, this also has the advantages of improving the integration of CPV into the landscape and protecting against soil erosion and wildfires.