New Solar Photovoltaic Plant in Fort Irwin


Source: Greenshine New Energy LLC

Last week, Soitec announced it has signed a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense as part of its certification program technologies conducive to environmental protection ESTCP (U.S. Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program). The contract is for a 1 MW solar project at Fort Irwin, California.

The U.S. Department of Defense conducts tests at military installations on new technologies for energy production and conservation of water resources (Installation Energy Test Bed). At the end of the selection process, 22 projects have been selected by the Department of Defense on 468 applications. This initiative tests and evaluates ways to improve energy security and operating costs of the facilities of the Department through innovative technologies while allowing it to reach its objectives for renewable energy.

The demonstration plant military camp at Fort Irwin will generate electricity for the National Training Center located on-site with about 25,000 people visiting the facility daily. This pilot concentrator photovoltaic system (CPV) offset the emission of nearly 1,850 tons of carbon dioxide each year. Project planning is ongoing and construction is expected to be completed in 2014.

'The team at Fort Irwin Energy is very excited and looking forward to the idea of participating in the demonstration project under the ESTCP program. It will not only demonstrate the effectiveness of CPV technology for the production of renewable energy, but also pave the way for energy security at Fort Irwin “said the Director of Public Works at Fort Irwin, Muhammad Bari.

“This pilot project will allow the central Ministry of Defense to present the advantages of Soitec's CPV technology , demonstrating that future government applications are consistent with the objectives of improving energy security and increased development of renewable energy ' said Clark Crawford, vice president of sales and development of Soitec in the United States . ' Our technology is perfectly suited for desert sites because it has almost no signs of deterioration, even under harsh environmental conditions. '

With a total area of over 100 square meters, a CX- S530 system has a power generation capacity of about 30 kilowatts peak. The size of the system allows an optimization of the performance and a significant decrease of the costs of installation and maintenance. CX- S530 system thus comprises 12 major modules belonging to the fifth generation Soitec's CPV modules. These modules are over two times more efficient than conventional photovoltaic modules. In a module, Fresnel lenses concentrate sunlight onto 2,400 tiny multi-junction solar cells.

- Written by Greenshine New Energy, supplier and manufacturer of solar lighting solutions: Street Light, Parking Lot Light, Roadway Light, Park Light

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