This agreement follows the call for tender issued by the French Energy Regulation Commission in March 2013 in order to exploit solar power plants using whole or in-part concentrated photovoltaic technology, for a total power capacity of 100 MW.
Alstom and Soitec will together deliver turnkey power plants providing power generation and concentrated photovoltaic technology. Soitec’s solar modules suitable for the solar power production in the South of France.
These power plants will also showcase and promote concentrated solar photovoltaic power plants internationally.
“This cooperation with Soitec demonstrates Alstom’s wish to develop its offer and technologies for renewable energies,” said Jerome Pécresse, president of Alstom Renewable Power. “With Solar CSP (concentrated solar power or solar thermal) we are able to deliver equipment for large capacity units. Thanks to our cooperation with Soitec in concentrating photovoltaic, we will propose a perfectly complementary offer for high efficiency power plants with flexible capacity and rapid deployment.”
“This cooperation with Alstom confirms that our concentrated photovoltaic technology is essential to answer the growing demand in France and globally, for a clean, reliable and competitive energy,” said André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé Soitec CEO.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), solar energy, including both concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaics, could account for 25% of global electricity by 2050 and cover a third of global energy demand after 2060.