Alstom, Soitec partner on French concentrated photovoltaic plants

23 July 2013 (Last Updated July 23rd, 2013 18:30)

Alstom and Soitec have signed a cooperative agreement to develop 100MW of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plants in France.

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Alstom and Soitec have signed a cooperative agreement to develop 100MW of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plants in France.

The agreement follows the recent French Energy Regulation Commission's tender for 100MW of solar capacity using CPV technology in whole or in part.

According to the deal, Alstom will provide engineering services and power plant equipment, while Soitec will deliver its CPV units.

Alstom said Soitec's solar modules are well-suited to the solar power production in the south of France.

Both of the firms are also planning to create a sector of excellence to meet the challenges of the French energy transition.

Alstom added that the complete power plants will showcase the advantage of concentrated solar PV globally.

"According to the deal, Alstom will provide engineering services and power plant equipment, while Soitec will deliver its CPV units."

Alstom Renewable Power president Jerome Pécresse said with concentrated solar power (CSP) or solar thermal, the company is able to deliver equipment for large capacity units.

"Thanks to our cooperation with Soitec in concentrating photovoltaic, we will propose a perfectly complementary offer for high efficiency power plants with flexible capacity and rapid deployment," Pécresse said.

Soitec CEO André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé said, "This cooperation with Alstom confirms that our concentrated photovoltaic technology is essential to answer to the growing demand in France and globally, for a clean, reliable and competitive energy."

Solar energy, including both CSP and PV, is expected to account for 25% of global electricity by 2050 and cover a third of global energy demand after 2060, according to the International Energy Agency.


Image: Soitec solar concentrated photovoltaic modules. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.

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