EMCORE Receives Additional Orders To Supply Spanish Market With CPV Components & Systems

January 28, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

EMCORE Corp. announced that it will supply its solar Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) components and systems to the Spanish market through several agreements.

In November 2007, EMCORE was awarded a 300kW CPV system contract by Spain’s Institute of Concentrator Photovoltaics Systems (ISFOC). Established in 2006, the ISFOC is intended to be the center of reference on the power, reliability, and productivity of commercial CPV systems. EMCORE will have its CPV systems installed in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain by December 2008.

In January 2008, EMCORE reached an agreement to construct an 850kW solar power park in Extremadura, Spain. EMCORE will be utilizing its CPV solar power system and provide a turn-key solution with a scope of work including engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC). This project will be completed before July 2008 in order to take advantage of the current high feed-in tariff. EMCORE thinks that the success of this project will help it to build heritage as an EPC contractor in Spain.

EMCORE recently received a purchase order for one million CPV components from a prominent CPV system integrator. This order is expected to be completed by March 2009 with CPV products being deployed in projects within the Spanish market.

"These purchase orders from various customers mark the acceptance of our CPV technology and product solutions as high-performance and low-cost solar power system in the Spanish market, and represent a success for our business development efforts in Spain. We expect additional and larger contracts from Spain once the new feed-in tariff settles," said Dr. Hong Hou, President and Chief Operating Officer of EMCORE. "The CPV solution is still in the early growth stages. As the world’s primary supplier of CPV components, we expect to grow our CPV business dramatically as the market is more developed and deployed."

EMCORE’s CPV solar cells are designed with high-efficiency compound semiconductor-based triple-junction solar cells. EMCORE obtained a 39% peak conversion efficiency under 1000x concentration in August 2007.