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Thermax signs CPV deal with Amonix

Thermax and Amonix have signed a deal to bring concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology to India.

By Isabella Kaminski

As part of the deal, Amonix will provide solar power generation systems and Thermax, which has its headquarters in India, will be the engineering, procurement and construction partner.

The Indian Government has set out a Solar Mission to promote sustainable growth while addressing India’s energy security. The first phase is to commission 1000 MW of grid-connected solar power projects by 2013.

Amonix CPV solar power systems use solar cells originally developed for aerospace applications. The dual-axis tracking systems use durable optics to focus sunlight onto multi-junction solar cells. Amonix claims that its solar systems offer 31% module efficiency and 29% system efficiency, higher than competing solar technologies such as crystalline silicon and thin-film.

Brian Robertson, CEO and a Board Director at Amonix, says: “Together, we will access the Indian market by enabling developers of solar projects to build projects, supported by world-class technology from Amonix and the strong delivery track record, supply chain and construction experience of Thermax. This provides us the opportunity and access to the Indian market that is greatly suited for CPV solar power systems.”

M. S. Unnikrishnan, Managing Director and CEO of Thermax, says: “Concentrated PV will be a game changer in solar power generation technologies because of the substantially high efficiency it offers. India, with its above average solar incidence, is an ideal location for CPV technology and we expect our national solar mission to act as a catalyst for its growth. We are happy to partner with Amonix, a global leader of this technology.”

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