The Instituto de Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Comcemtración (ISFOC) is the leading coordinator of a Strategic Singular Project (SSP) "SigmaSoles: The innovation in Concentration Photovoltaics in Spain". This project has been developed over the lasr two years (2009- June 2011, due to an extension of 6 months granted by the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry in order to comply with the main Projest goals), having obtained a funding amount of €2,132,210.00 through the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry, the Castile-La Mancha Regional Govermment and FEDER funds.
In the SSP SigmaSoles Consortium, the following Spanish entities have been involved: companies such as Abengoa Solar New Technologies, Altran Innovations, BSQ Solar, Guascor, Ingeteam Energy, ISFOC, Isofotón, LPI, SENER, Soldaduras Avanzadas and Teknia; Technological Centres an Cener and Cidetec, Public Bodies as INTA, University of Castile-La Mancha, University of Jaen and Polytechnic University of Madrid.
There have been several Project main goals, being enclosed a great set of aspects among the different areas of works: industry, global market or CPV development. One of the specific areas of work has focused on the high-efficiency solar cell development and on new optic concepts which will be the pillar for these high-efficient and top-competitive modules. Nevertheless, development and grid-feeding equipments, have also being held. Another big area was the development of normative and tests applicable to this new technology like the start-up of the instruments and procedures for the Solar resource evaluation, as to determine the real yield of aCPV Plant. Finally, renewable energy markets have also being evaluated through technocal-economic studies, technological watching and training and spreading acts, facts that have contributed to boost the Spanish industrial and technological development in regard with this emerging sector.
The Consortium of participants has achieved such a success while carrying out the tasks that this commitment as well as the aim of developing the CPV technology both have lead to 4 new SigmaSoles spin-off Projects: Projects INNPACTO from the 3Q of 2011, supported again by the Spanish Science and Innovation Ministry, being ISFOC technical coordinator in three of four: