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SolFocus CPV Modules First to Meet Key Industry Standard

CPV systems offer cost-saving potential because low-cost materials allow for larger PV area. The technology, however, has been slow to catch on.

Photo: SolFocus, Inc.
SolFocus, a manufacturer of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems, announced in May 2009 that its SF-1000P module is the first such product to meet the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 62108 standard, which was published in 2007.

The module consists of glass reflectors mounted on a two-axis tracking system that focus sunlight on multi-junction photovoltaic cells. Satisfying the IEC 62108 standard indicates that the module does not suffer undue power degradation, has adequate electrical insulation and ground-path continuity, and is able to withstand the elements and mechanical loads such as snow, ice, and wind. SolFocus expects that buyers, investors, and developers will see meeting the standard as a sign that its CPV technology is reliable and ready for larger-scale use.

Published June 30, 2009

Wilmeth, M. (2009, June 30). SolFocus CPV Modules First to Meet Key Industry Standard. Retrieved from

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