“This value is a new milestone in the history of CPV technology and demonstrates the potential available for industrial implementation,” says Andreas Bett, director of the R&D institute‘s Materials, Solar Cells and Technology division.

The record was set with a so-called mini-module made up of a optic lens focusing incoming sunlight on to four-junction solar cells.

Though set back by the market-changing drop in silicon prices several years ago, some 360MW of CPV systems are now grid-connected globally, including landmark projects including two in Golmud, China, built by Suncore, with a total capacity of 140MW, a 44MW plant developed by Soitec at Touwsrivier, South Africa, and a 30MW installation build by Amonix at Colorado, US,