XCPV (Xtreme Concentrated Photovoltaics), a system that concentrates the equivalent of more than 1,600 times the sunÂ’s energy onto the worldÂ’s most efficient solar cells, was announced today by SUNRGI, a solar energy system designer and developer, at the National Energy Marketers AssociationÂ’s 11th Annual Global Energy Forum in Washington, DC. The technology will enable power companies, businesses, and residents to produce electricity from solar energy at a lower cost than ever before.
Â“Solar Power at 5 cents per kWh would be a world-changing breakthrough,Â” said Craig Goodman, president, National Energy Marketers Association. Â“It would make solar generation of electricity as affordable as generation from coal, natural gas or other non-renewable sources, without requiring a subsidy.Â”
Â“In a little more than a year we were able to develop and successfully test XCPV,Â” said Robert S. (Bob) Block, co-founder and SUNRGI principal. Â“We expect the SUNRGI system to become available for both on- and off-grid power applications, worldwide, in twelve to fifteen months.Â”
What differentiates SUNRGIÂ’s XCPV system from any other solar energy system includes: a proprietary, integrated low profile technology for concentrating sunlight; a proprietary technology and methodology for cooling solar cells; a low cost, modular system optimized for mass-production; less land area or Â“roof topÂ” requirements than typical solar energy systems; a technology roadmap for continuous improvement; low-cost field installation; and, a custom-designed system for easy operation and maintenance.