Vibrant Solar Inc. has introduced SunCube Mark 9.2 CPV module, which the company said is 31% efficient
The module is licensed by Vibrant’s sister company Helios Solar LLC from Green and Gold Energy (GGE) for the southwestern U.S. and Hawaii.
The SunCube CPV uses technology which has been in satellites and spacecraft for over two decades.
Vibrant will work on design, sales and installation of the systems in Colorado. Helios will build an assembly plant along Colorado’s Front Range to produce the SunCube, importing SunCubes from GGE’s plant until the plant is commissioned.
“I watched Green and Gold develop from one inventor, Greg Watson, and one working model nearly four years ago through his first factory opening in January 2008, licensing to India then Spain, until they were ready for us,” said Scott VanKirk, Vibrant’s president.
The SunCube CPV uses technology which has been in satellites and spacecraft for over two decades. Emcore, in Albuquerque, manufactures the triple junction gallium arsenide chips which are the heart of the SunCube. The chips are housed in a highly specialized ground mounted dual axis tracking system, optimizing the available sunlight, concentrating 750 suns on the chips.
The company said that the SunCube requires half the acreage of standard solar ground arrays. It can be repaired and retrofitted in the field. The SunCube’s plug and play feature allow it to keep up with current chip technology.