SunPower makes case for silicon PV at Menasol

Total's solar arm to take part in panel debate at Menasol on May 7.

Laurent Longuet: SunPower tech is tailor-made for the GCC.
Laurent Longuet: SunPower tech is tailor-made for the GCC.

SunPower Corporation, the solar arm of Total, will advocate the benefits of its silicon PV and tracker technologies at this week’s Menasol 2014.

Laurent Longuet, Middle East Managing Director of SunPower Corporation, will take part in a panel debate at the event on May 7, entitled ‘Mono/poly crystalline vs Thin Film: Picking the best technology for the desert’.

The discussion will examine the merits of mono- and poly-crystalline solar panels and thin-film technology in desert conditions.

Longuet will share insights based on SunPower’s global portfolio of photovoltaic (PV) installations and utility-scale projects, and its 10 years of experience in the Middle East, where the company has so far deployed 6.5 megawatts (MW) of on-grid solar systems and 5MW of off-grid applications, the latter mainly for the oil and gas sector.

“SunPower technology is tailor-made for the arid conditions of the Gulf,” said Longuet.

“SunPower solar cells produce up to 60% more energy over a 25-year period than conventional modules thanks to their efficiency and highly robust all-back-contact design.”

“Tracker solutions for ground-mounted projects also maximise efficiency while a recently introduced robotic power plant panel cleaning solution conserves water and reduces the effect of dust on solar cell output,” he added.

The 2MW rooftop PV installation at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) near Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, and the 1MW system at the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology in Abu Dhabi are among SunPower’s highest profile projects in the region.


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