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Hot!Suncore Acquired Assets of Israel-based ZenithSolar LTD.



Huainan, China, October 9, 2013 -


Suncore Photovoltaic Technology Company Ltd., a world leader in the development and manufacture of concentrating photovoltaic(CPV) systems and products, today acquired all of the assets of Israel-based ZenithSolarLtd., including intellectual property, inventory, and equipment, through its US subsidiary SuncorePhotovoltaics Inc. (SPI).


Over the past 6 years, ZenithSolar has developed an innovative combined heat and power (CHP) product based on CPV technology, and demonstrated more than 70% combined solar energy conversion efficiency. The system provides electrical output from a photovoltaic array and concurrently generates hot water at a temperature suitable for domestic andindustrial applications. Suncore plans to set up a production line and start mass production of the CHP product in its Huainan, China facility in 2014. 

    “The potential of this technology to provide a low-cost source of renewable energy is significant”, said Dr. Charlie Wang, Vice Chairman of Suncore and CEO of SPI, “The CHP technology developed by Zenith Solar is an excellent complement to Suncore's CPV product portfolio. In addition to our existing high-efficiency CPV products targeted for mid to large scale utility or distributed solar power plants, we are now able to provide solar generated electrical and thermal power to customers ranging from industrial and commercial, to residential and agricultural.”






Combined Heat & Power (CHP)
solar generator based
on High Concentrated Photovoltaic (HCPV)

How it works
Z10 features one 12m² collector, mounted on a dual axis tracker that concentrates incoming solar power onto a receiver. The receiver consists of a multi junction PV coupled to heat exchanger that converts concentrated solar flux into electrical power (A) and thermal power (B).
(A) DC electrical power from the PV cells is converted to AC power and fed to the grid.
(B) Thermal energy is pumped through a closed loop system to the various users and applications such as:
●Municipalities and district heating
●Hotels, Hospitals and resorts
●Industrial process heat: ideal for textile, food and pharmaceutical industry
●Thermal energy cooling can be converted into cooling or desalination and brackish water purification

●Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation
●State-of-the-art high efficiency Multi-junction PV cells
●Industry highest combined efficiency of >72%
●Shortest possible return on investment
●Reliable operation, easy installation and servicing
●Most suitable for hot climates
●Modular installations
●System design for easy upgrade - Multi-junction PV is the most progressing solar technology
●Environmentally friendly, 99% recyclable by weight
●Packaged equipment, minimizing balance-of-system cost
●Designed for 20 year service, constructed from highly durable materials
●Dual axis high precision tracking mechanism with zero backlash
●Engineered high efficiency multi-channel heat exchanger
●Required minimal area, only 25m² for a single Z10 unit, 8kWp combined output (<3m²/kWp)





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72% overall efficiency? That's a tall order to fill, considering the average solar panel today is around 18%. I wonder what the efficiency is only for the electrical side of generation?

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72% overall efficiency? That's a tall order to fill, considering the average solar panel today is around 18%. I wonder what the efficiency is only for the electrical side of generation?


I think that cost per installed kW is more important than efficiency. Micro solar farms are sprouting up everywhere here in Japan. I've seen 3 new starts just this week. they seem to average about 500Sq/M. It is getting to the stage where you see one about every kilometre. Instead of building apartments it is a low maintenance constant income.

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