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JDSU buys UK solar manufacturer QuantaSol

Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) specialist QuantaSol has been bought for US$638,000.

By Isabella Kaminski

JDSU has acquired critical product design, patented intellectual property and other assets from QuantaSol. The firm plans to transfer key assets from QuantaSol to the its Californian headquarters over the next 6 months.

JDSU also plans to use QuantaSol's multiple quantum well (MQW) technology for its own solar CPV cell products. MQW technology allows more light to be converted to electrical power by raising the efficiency of solar CPV cells.

Alan Lowe, President of JDSU’s CCOP unit, says: "The CPV market is gaining momentum with major installations happening worldwide. Incorporating key QuantaSol technology will allow us to further differentiate our products and expand our position in the CPV solar market as popularity for CPV continues to grow.”

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