CPV Cost Reduction and New Opportunities Evaluated in Recent Webinar

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SolFocus, Abengoa Solar and Navigant Consulting gave detailed insight into the global opportunities open to the CPV industry in 2012 and beyond during PV Insider’s latest webinar.

PV Insider hosted the online discussion in conjunction with the CPV USA 2012 conference, taking place 15-16 October in San Jose. In the session, Pedro Banda (Abengoa Solar) analysed CPV’s route to grid parity and concluded that “the technology relies on local economy and industry growth, providing a larger local content than other renewable energy projects”.

In her presentation, Jane Melia (SolFocus) showed that “a steep cell efficiency trajectory directly results in CPV panel efficiencies closing 40% by the end of the decade”. Paula Mints (Navigant Consulting) analysed the progress and trends of current PV pricing, to give context to CPV’s current status.

An industry poll conducted live during the webinar voted the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region as the most lucrative emerging market for the CPV industry; a reflection of both the high DNI on offer and political drivers that are pushing the solar agenda. Jane Melia highlighted the incentives currently on offer in South Africa as very attractive for CPV at present, while Pedro Banda said that the result was not surprising.

A second poll revealed that cost reduction was still the biggest challenge the industry believed CPV needs to tackle in 2012. Paula Mints stated her belief that while fighting artificially cheap PV was currently top of the agenda, CPV companies were doing a good job of “realistically driving down costs”.

The full ‘on-demand’ webinar has now been made available for download at the following address: http://www.pv-insider.com/cpv/content2.php

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