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Adam Plesniak plenary: CPV: Lessons from the First 100MW and the Explosion of Next Generation Technologies

A plenary talk from SPIE Optics + Photonics 2014.

10 October 2014, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201410.12

Adam Plesniak, Arzon Solar, LLC

The past decade has seen concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) technology transition from a few backyard experiments to an installed global capacity of well over 100 MW.

In this plenary presentation, Adam Plesniak of Arzon Solar, LLC (USA) reflects on how lessons learned thus far will guide CPV innovators through the flowering of Next Generation CPV technologies, from spectrum splitting optics to five-junction solar cells, currently underway throughout the industry. Overall, CPV continues to serve as a robust platform for the new ideas and research needed to mature the higher performance and lower cost technologies critical for continued competitiveness of CPV in the renewable generation marketplace.

Adam Plesniak is the Vice President of Engineering at Arzon Solar LLC, which is powered by Amonix CPV technology. At Arzon Solar, he leads a talented team of engineers and technicians to design and manufacture high performance photovoltaic products. He has a MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a BS in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.