Solar Frontier joins 5MW bid to test CIS in Kuwait desert

Japanese thin-film PV developer Solar Frontier and Spanish engineering contractor TSK have are moving ahead with construction of a 5MW pilot project in Kuwait to evaluate the performance of the copper indium gallium selenide (CIS) technology in desert conditions.

The demonstrator, part the Kuwaiti government's Shagaya Renewable Energy Project (SREP), is slated to be switched on in June 2016.

“CIS modules are particularly well-suited for tough conditions such as in the desert in Kuwait [because they] are less affected by high temperatures, as indicated by their lower temperature coefficient," says Solar Frontier Europe managing director Wolfgang Lange.

"When all of the real-world performance advantages of CIS are combined, the result is higher energy yield – or kilowatt-hours per kilowatt-peak – compared to crystalline silicon."

The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research is currently carrying out a renewable energy testing programme exploring technologies including PV, concentrated solar power (CSP) and wind power.

TSK has been selected to construct the two lead-off 5MW PV projects – in which the Solar Frontier CIS technology will be compared side by side with a like-sized conventional crystal silicon installation – as well as a 50MW CSP plant.