Science & Technology News from Japan: seminar on High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal


A CTI-funded research project to develop High Concentration Photovoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) systems was presented by Airlight Energy Manufacturing SA and IBM Research Zurich to Japanese academic and industrial experts. The project, which also involves ETH Zurich and the Interstate University of Applied Sciences Buchs (NTB), aims to concentrate the power of an average of 2’000 suns and convert 80% of this collected solar energy into useful electrical and thermal output using low-cost, innovative materials. IBM Research Zurich’s Dr. Bruno Michel, Manager of Advanced Thermal Packing, introduced their technology to improve the quality and value of heat to be reused in HCPVT systems, a key factor in raising energy efficiency. Dr. Gianluca Ambrosetti, Head of the research department at Airlight Energy Mfg., explained the potential of concentration PV thermal technologies specifically in Japan. The event received high interest from university professors as well as component makers, service providers and investors focused on renewable energy projects.