1366 Technologies announced that Japan's IHI Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary IHI Plant Construction Co., Ltd (IPC), has completed the grid connection and begun commercial operation of a 500kW solar installation featuring 1366's high performance wafers.
During its lifespan, the array is expected to displace approximately 9,500 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
"This commercial installation delivers all of the expected benefits specific to solar power and then some, the energy payback of an installation featuring Direct Wafer products is accelerated to less than a year due to the fact that our technology uses just one-third the energy," said Frank van Mierlo, CEO, 1366 Technologies. "IHI has a long history of identifying and adopting groundbreaking technologies, we're proud the Direct Wafer process is part of that story."
"It has been our goal to expand our portfolio of renewable energy systems with innovative technologies that dramatically reduce cost and deliver superior performance of photovoltaic systems. This installation achieves that goal," said Mr. Otani, IHI Corporation.