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LCOE Dynamics for CPV: From Prototype to GW Scale – HSUN® Case-Study
C.F. Bexiga, L. Pina, C. Ramos
Recycling, Grid Parity, CPV, LCOE, HSUN®
PV Taking Off: Large-Scale Deployment
Subtopic: Markets for Large-scale PV
Event: 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 6CV.1.9
4545 - 4549
ISBN: 3-936338-27-2
Paper DOI: 10.4229/26thEUPVSEC2011-6CV.1.9
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Concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems have changed the paradigm of PV energy by reducing the most expensive component of solar modules, the solar cells. This shift enabled a more truthful pursuit for grid-parity on electricity production. Thus it is essential to make a Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) approach to have realistic values for the electricity cost produced by CPV systems, in order to this it is essential to determine the technological evolution and the optimization of the production process. The HSUN® is a medium concentration system (20x) under development by WS Energia since 2008. HSUN® is composed by a solar tracker (WS Horizon®) with a robotic controller (SunGravityControl®) and the CPV modules (X-Modules®).This paper presents a detailed electricity costs analyses based on a LCOE of the HSUN® technology. Results showed the expected substantial improvement on LCOE along the HSUN® technology development process. For the most favorable markets, like the segments of the European market, grid-parity is achieved by benefiting from economy of scale when the production reaches the MW scale. When GW scale is achieved, the HSUN® technology can be competitive on a global scale with the carbon based energy sources.