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Solar & Alternative Energy

Scott Burroughs plenary: A Unique Approach to Address Concentrator Photovoltaic Cost and Performance Challenges

A plenary talk from SPIE Optics + Photonics 2013.

11 September 2013, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201309.13

Scott Burroughs, Semprius, Inc.In his plenary talk, "A Unique Approach to Address Concentrator Photovoltaic Cost and Performance Challenges,"Scott Burroughs of Semprius, Inc (USA) notes that increasing the system performance, reducing costs, and demonstrating long term reliability are currently the three most important topics for CPV technologists to address.

High volumes are necessary, but insufficient for reducing costs through economies of scale. What is required is a highly engineered solution to reduce the bill-of-materials cost while also increasing performance thus reducing the cost/performance ratio. The use of very small high efficiency multi-junction solar cells enabled by massively parallel processing technology provides a pathway toward meeting the challenges of the CPV industry during the second half of this decade.

Scott Burroughs is VP of Technology at Semprius where he is leading the development of an innovative high efficiency, low cost, Highly Concentrated Photovoltaic (HCPV) module for utility and commercial solar applications. He has over 30 years of commercial experience in III-V compound semiconductors and optics. His primary focus has been technology transfer of new products from the laboratory, into manufacture and out to the marketplace.