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Two years ago, Indian policy makers said that by the year 2020 they would drastically increase the nation’s use of solar power from virtually nothing to 20,000 megawatts — enough electricity to power the equivalent of 20 million modern American homes. Many analysts said it could not be done. But, now the doubters are taking back their words.
India does not have a large solar manufacturing industry, but is trying to develop one and China is showing a new interest in India’s growing demand.
The concentrating photovoltaics market is continuing to take off with more innovative approaches. For instance, Pyron Solar is testing a CPV array designed to float in the water. The array uses a Fresnel lens to focus sunlight on hermetically sealed high-efficiency photovoltaic cells and promises solar arrays that can produce 1 megawatt per 3.1 acres, requiring less space than other arrays
CPV Industry to Lay Down Marker towards Commercialization in November - http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/partner/first-conferences/news/article/2011/07/cpv-industry-to-lay-down-marker-towards-commercialization-in-november
Siemens buys minority stake in HCPV maker Semprius
Siemens AG, the giant German electronics company, has purchased a roughly 16 percent minority stake in North Carolina-based Semprius, Inc., a manufacturer of high-concentrating photovoltaics (HCPV) that is preparing to break ground on its first manufacturing plant.
Semprius' devices have reached 41.7 percent efficiency in laboratory testing at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, said Semprius Staff Development Engineer Kanchan Ghosal.
High Concentration Photovoltaic Solar Panel Unveiled
A Canada-based solar energy company has created a buzz among major players in the global industry with its revolutionary new solar module that integrates the principles of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology into a flat panel design without the need for expensive lenses or mirrors.