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Chinese Focusic New Energy – a developer of renewable energy power plants – and the French Soitec announced the beginning of the second phase of Hami photovoltaic concentrator (CPV) power.

This second phase will be completed in late 2014 while the third and final phase of the project will be installed in 2015.

The central Hami then reach a total capacity of 20.5 MWp, which will make it one of the largest CPV plants installed in Asia. As announced in November 2013, the Hami project is already fully funded by a loan of 200 million yuan (about 32.7 million) of the China Development Bank.

“We started our cooperation with Soitec in 2011,” said Ma Wenxing, CEO of Focusic. “Based on their CPV technology, we have first built a pilot plant of 2.7 MWp, which opened last July. The first phase confirmed the effectiveness and high efficiency of Soitec CPV technology. We decided to use modules Soitec for two phases of the project. At the end of this year, 5.8 megawatts will be built in Hami. Finally, with 12 new MWp installed during the third phase of the project Central reach a total capacity of 20.5 MWp in 2015. We are very proud to build such a CPV Central industrial scale in China.”

Hami City is located on the edge of the Gobi Desert in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, a region in which the Soitec CPV technology operates at very high ambient temperatures without the need for water for cooling, and that its impact on the environment is minimal, making it ideally suited for use in such desert areas.

“The first phase of the project has already demonstrated the excellent performance of our products, and we are delighted that Focusic chose to continue working for the last phases of this project CPV Central. All modules ordered for the second phase have been shipped and we have already started the production of those dedicated to the third phase,” said Fabio Mondini of Focatiis, vice president of Soitec Solar Energy Division for the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. “Soitec’s CPV systems are already used in more than 20 countries worldwide. With regard to this major new project, we believe that the combination of local expertise and Focusic our CPV technology can effectively meet the needs of the China’s renewable energy through a competitive energy solution.”

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