Visit of Soitec’s Touwsrivier Project [fr]

Soitec is a world leader in generating and producing revolutionary semiconductor materials with applications in electronics, solar energy (through CPV system) and lighting. It is an international company founded by French nationals Jean-Michel Lamure and André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé in 1992.

Visit of Soitec's Touwsrivier Project
Visit of Soitec's Touwsrivier Project
Visit of Soitec's Touwsrivier Project
Visit of Soitec's Touwsrivier Project
Visit of Soitec's Touwsrivier Project

The Touwsrivier power plant (Western Cape) is the largest CPV solar plant in operation in Europe and Africa: 190 hectares, 1500 trackers, supplying enough energy to power 13,000 houses.

The CPV system presents numerous advantages in sunny, desert-like regions:

  • Low degradation: space-proven multi-junction -solar cells have been used -for decades in aerospace -engineering and showed -extremely low degradation;
  • Robust glass-glass module design: a planar glass-glass design -and smart material choices-(tempered glass, UV-stable -silicone) ensure reliable -performance in desert climates;
  • Stow position in sand storms: the dual-axis tracker can -move into horizontal stow -position to protect the -CPV modules from strong-wind and sand storms;
  • No water needed for cooling: passive cooling with metal -heat sinks reduces the -temperature of the cells. -No cooling water is needed. -Water is only used for cleaning.

- More info: www.soitec.com/en

publie le 09/03/2015

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