UPM and Chinese firm to develop solar power using CPV

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in collaboration with Chinese firm, Sichuan Zhonghan Solar Electric Power Co Ltd, today launched a project to cooperate in developing solar energy using the Concentration Photovoltaic (CPV) technology.

UPM Vice-Chancellor, Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi said the pilot project would be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the CPV system besides determining the most suitable system for the weather condition in this country.

“The project is an initiative by UPM to research into alternative energy sources to raise the efficiency and cost effective capacity of the CPV technology system on a commercial scale and to develop the two-megawatt ‘Peak Solar Power Production Plant’.

“It is also in line with UPM’s commitment to ensure sustainability of the campus greenery and efficiency in energy usage in campus,” he told reporters at the launching ceremony, here today, officiated by the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Peter Chin Fah Kui.

Dr Radin Umar said under the cooperation, Zhonghan would send and install 10 sets of the solar system comprising six sets of reflective CPV system with tracking device and four sets of flat Photovoltaic (PV) system of which, two would also be installed with the tracking system.

– Bernama