By Cameron Chai
Nanosolar, a pioneer in thin film solar cell printing, has declared that it has in collaboration with EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN) and enXco, EDF EN’s subsidiary in the United States has supplied Nanosolar utility panels to two separate solar power projects having a total capacity of roughly 6 MWp.
Nanosolar Utility Panel
As part of EDF EN’s huge solar farm located in Gabardan, France, Nanosolar utility panels having a total capacity of 3 MWp were installed by ColSun, a joint venture between Belectric and EDF Energies Nouvelles, utilizing SMA central inverters. This is Nanosolar utility panels’ maiden utility-scale deployment by EDF EN.
For the second project, Nanosolar utility panel installation having roughly 3 MWp of total capacity was commissioned at two separate sites nearby Amity, Oregon, by enXco utilizing Advanced Energy inverters. The projects link to the distribution system of Portland General Electric.
Nanosolar designs and produces thin film solar panels and cells by printing nanoparticle inks and copper, indium, gallium, selenium (CIGS). Nanosolar's utility-scale panel design and advanced roll-to-roll printing process allows its utility panels to drastically decrease system and production costs in large installations. Nanosolar utility panel design saves up to 30% of system costs when compared to competitive thin film solar panels used in utility-scale power facilities.
The Chief Executive Officer at Nanosolar, Geoff Tate stated that the installation of Nanosolar panels at these two projects is an important corroboration of the low-cost benefits of its thin film printing process and the company’s collaboration with EDF EN. The company will continue its partnership with EDF EN in the advancement, validation and deployment of its solar panels.