According to Isofotón, it is the first high concentration solar photovoltaic (HCPV) plant installed by a company of non_Chinese origin. It has been developed on the outskirts of the town of Golmud in the northeast of the country.
The solar plant has a capacity of 100 kWp and has been erected at an altitude of 2,900 metres. It is located in a geographical area that features one of the best solar resources on the planet, with over 7KWh/m2 and day of direct solar radiation in an area with very little annual precipitation. China's energy company, GD Solar, chose to use a technology in which the Malaga-based company has invested 10 years' research.
High concentration is capable of generating up to 50% more energy than conventional photovoltaic systems. To achieve this, systems must be installed under specific site conditions such as those existing in Golmud. The plant will be capable of producing over 220MWh/year, which will be managed by GD Solar to satisfy part of the needs of the 200,000 residents of this area.
With this facility, Isofotón explains in a statement, the company "has achieved its ambitious objective of commercialising its HCPV technology in the Chinese market, one of the most demanding and complex, which also presents ideal locations for this type of technology".
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