42 Technology helps Circadian Solar deliver low cost solar power
The new modules are now undergoing further testing and field trials with the aim of delivering grid parity from large-scale solar farms in desert or sunbelt regions, without needing government or other subsidies: in others words, generating electricity at costs equal to or lower than the grid power produced from coal or gasfuelled power stations.
In addition, the combined team developed a mathematical model to take a total systems approach to the design and operation of large-scale farms. The model factors in all the inter-dependencies, technical and operational challenges influencing the cost of energy produced throughout the lifetime of a farm such as land use; tracking systems to maximise the light capture; servicing, failures and degradation; and module concepts, materials and manufacture.
42 Technology’s expertise in design for manufacture, systems engineering and knowledge of the cleantech sector has helped significantly shorten our product and system development timescales. By pooling our resources we are now much closer to producing a new generation of high efficiency, low cost solar collectors in volume and in developing large-scale farms offering potentially much lower energy costs than any of today’s current installations
— Jeroen Haberland, CEO of Circadian Solar.