Aramco, Soitec to build Saudi CPV

A Soitec CPV plant in the US

A Soitec CPV plant in the US

Global petrochemical giant Saudi Aramco has signed a deal with Saudi Arabian investment outfit Khaled Juffali and French semiconductor specialist Soitec to build a 1MW concentrating PV (CPV) demonstration project in the northwest Tabuk region.

Saudi Aramco aims to use the pilot to assess the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of the technology for future utility-scale installations.

Contractor Belectric will develop the Tarbuk project based on Soitec’s CPV technology. 

Soitec's CPV modules uses a durable glass-glass design and Fresnel lenses to concentrate sunlight 500 times onto high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells. The system has dual-axis tracking and zero-water passive cooling technology tailored to clear-sky desert locations including the Middle East.

The Tarbuk project marks the first contract for  Khaled Juffali and Soitec since the two signed Log in to read complete article.

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