The Institute for Concentration Photovoltaics Systems was aimed to study, develop and foster CPV energy. After more than 5 years since the creation of ISFOC, CPV energy is nowadays in a prominent position in the photovoltaic area being competitive regarding investment/energy production. However, CPV technology owns a number of peculiarities different from the rest of photovoltaic technologies to be taken into account and analyzed before the construction or investment in a CPV plant such as the weather conditions, the dimensioning and equipment selection.

The proposed methodology below has been used successfully by ISFOC. That is the reason why ISFOC recommends dividing the tasks in 4 phases to be carried out consecutively, and whose first phase is crucial and totally essential before planning the construction of a plant, CPV or any other technology, with some degree of success:

  • Phase 1: Technical feasibility report of the project
  • Phase 2: Call for tenders, Engineering and Construction
  • Phase 3: Determination of power and Acceptance tests
  • Phase 4: Monitoring and performance assessment