The High Concentrated Photovoltaic technology takes up 600 square feet of space and started to operate in August, Aerojet Rocketdyne announced Tuesday.
“We are able to concentrate sunlight onto the photovoltaic cells from sunrise to sundown,” said Neeta Patel, director of energy systems at Aerojet Rocketdyne.
“During daylight hours, the HCPV modules are pointed at the sun by dual axis trackers.”
The company and the institute intend for the HCPV technology to cut solar energy costs by 20 percent and generate 30 percent more energy than flat-panel systems.
HCPV systems are also designed for single unit installations of between 14 and 30 kilowatts, as well as power plants of between 10 and 100 megawatts.