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:: Soitec Solar Technology Installs four CPV Systems for Minera El Tesoro in Chile

 

Minera El Tesoro (MET) of Chile, has built the first pilot plant in South America with Soitec Solar technology and installed four concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems at a site in Chile's Sierra Gorda district to provide renewable energy for a remote copper mining operation. Soitec's CPV systems feature glass-glass technology suited for hot and arid environments and this design offers the lowest degradation and doesn't need any water for cooling, making it perfectly suited for this installation within the driest desert in the world.

The four CX-S420 systems installed for MET use Soitec Solar's leading-edge Concentrix CPV technology and two-axis tracking systems to generate a total installed capacity of 64 kWp. In addition to providing electricity for the site's data center, this installation serves as an important research and demonstration platform for MET using innovative and environmentally friendly solar technologies, designed to reduce carbon footprints and optimise energy costs in hot, arid locations with high direct normal irradiation (DNI). On May 22 MET and Soitec signed a memorandum of understanding to help the experience gained from this pilot plant to facilitate their respective plans of developing additional projects with CPV technology in Chile.

 

 

   

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