Kuraray Supplies Solar Power Lenses | May 2, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 18 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 18 | pp. 14-15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 2, 2011

Kuraray Supplies Solar Power Lenses

Department: Business | Collection: Green Chemistry, Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: photovoltaic panels, solar
Kuraray molds its lenses from methacrylic resin.
Credit: Kuraray
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Kuraray molds its lenses from methacrylic resin.
Credit: Kuraray

Kuraray will supply California-based Amonix with lenses to concentrate solar light and direct it into photovoltaic panels. Most solar cells now on the market achieve conversion efficiency of less than 15%, but concentrated photovoltaic systems can reach efficiencies of more than 30%, Kuraray says. Amonix, a major player in the concentrated solar power market, is currently building a 150-MW-per-year facility in Las Vegas.

 
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