California to fund CPV storage demo

A close-up view of a Soitec CPV cell

A close-up view of a Soitec CPV cell

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is funding a two-phase demonstrator project by US group Maxwell Technologies and French semiconductor specialist Soitec that aims to prove-up cost and efficiency benefits of concentrating PV (CPV) technologies with built-in storage.

Maxwell has been awarded a $1.39m contract by the CEC's research and development programme to fund design and integration of a Soitec CPV installation and an energy storage system based on ultracapacitors – high-speed battery-like charging devices.

The pilot will be built at University of California San Diego (UCSD), with a larger, commercial-scale plant – also using Soitec’s CPV technology – wired up in southern California. 

The systems will be fitted with new solar-forecasting and predictive-energy control software, to boost the storage levels.

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