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Acciona builds innovation hub at Chilean solar park to test PV tech

The El Romero Solar plant in Chile. Source: Acciona Energia.

September 3 (Renewables Now) - Spain’s Acciona SA (BME:ANA) said Tuesday it has created an innovation centre at its 246-MWp El Romero solar farm in Chile aiming to test new photovoltaic (PV) technologies that will improve the efficiency and performance of solar parks.

The new hub will have a power plant rated at 180 kW (492 kWp) made up of 1,280 solar modules installed on three groups of trackers and connected to nine inverters. Two of the three tracker zones are already in place in Chile’s Atacama desert where El Romero is located. The installation will be accompanied by other equipment to measure and monitor parameters such as incident and reflected solar radiation, ambient temperature, among others, Acciona said.

The particular focus will be on the mechanical and energy capacity of double-sided crystalline, split-cell and thin-film cadmium telluride (CdTe) technologies. China’s JA Solar Holdings and US-based PV technology specialist First Solar Inc (NASDAQ:FSLR) produced the panels that will be used at the hub, while STI Norland and Soltec manufactured the trackers.

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