About Covalent Solar
Covalent is a, spawned from MIT targeting a dye-based luminescent solar concentrator without tracking or cooling. The system looks to use both triple junction and silicon cells and could have eventual BIPV applications.
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Covalent Solar Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was Covalent Solar founded?
Covalent Solar was founded in 2008.
Where is Covalent Solar's headquarters?
Covalent Solar's headquarters is located at Cambridge.
What is Covalent Solar's latest funding round?
Covalent Solar's latest funding round is Biz Plan Competition.
How much did Covalent Solar raise?
Covalent Solar raised a total of $30K.
Who are the investors of Covalent Solar?
Investors of Covalent Solar include MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.
Who are Covalent Solar's competitors?
Competitors of Covalent Solar include MiaSole, Accustrata, Meridian Deployment Corporation, M V Systems, Skyline Solar and 12 more.
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Meridian Deployment Corporation is a company that received a SBIR Phase I grant for a project entitled: Motion-Free Tracking Solar Concentrator. Their project investigates novel optical element (OE) for Photovoltaic (PV) systems that uses refractive index modulation to steer sunlight. It addresses the fundamental challenge of tracking the motion of the sun while keeping the concentrated light on the target. For decades this has been accomplished electro-mechanically using motors and feedback circuitry to physically move the optics and/or the target so that the device is always aligned with the sun. This project develops a simple, motion-free tracking system that eliminates all the negative aspects of current mechanical trackers. It is suitable for deployment on any PV system by adapting the optical characteristics. The project goals are to optimize design elements of the OE including materials, configuration and manufacturing technique, and building prototypes for testing in both lab and field sites. Phase I will establish a prototype of a motion-free tracking collector and concentrator that will address three interconnected design issues. These are 1) maximizing throughput of the device by eliminating unwanted reflections from various interfaces, 2) maximizing the range of solar incidence angles, and 3) lowering the cost of the finished device for commercialization. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project will be to enable widespread adoption of localized solar power generation. This technology solves the inherent complexity of simultaneously realizing mechanical stability under wind and seismic loading, electro-mechanical tracking accuracy, and eliminates high costs associated with mechanical trackers. Phase I of this program will establish technical benchmarks to maximize the steering range and light concentration ratio for a novel motion-free tracking system. New conductive coatings are index-matched to minimize internal reflections that cause loss of light throughput, while lens geometries and other components will be engineered to maximize efficiency of the system. Because the device is low-profile and lightweight, it can be easily installed on existing rooftops without requiring substantial structural reinforcement, making commercial acceptance likely. This motion-free tracking technology has these commercial advantages over existing solar PV systems: simple, inexpensive installation, low profile esthetics, and more efficient solar power generation for commercial and residential installations. In summary, it will generate more electricity from a smaller footprint for lower overall cost.
As the Solar Energy industry continues to emerge, new factories, new markets and new competitors place pressure on suppliers to meet ever higher demand for volume and quality. No longer can Solar manufacturers rely on legacy systems or manual methods of lot tracking. Today, Solar manufacturers need systems that can efficiently track, trace and control this high-volume production. Customer orders need to be visible to guarantee on-time delivery, and engineers need to collect data that will help them to improve quality and yields. Full-featured and ScalablennSolar Cell manufacturing includes high volume silicon wafer processing, electronic assembly, component tracking, vendor compliance and ultimately cell testing and rating. To manage these complex processes, Solar manufacturers need detailed data for analysis and control of a Wafer Fab, combined with visibility and traceability of the complex and high production volumes of Assembly and Test. When time-to-volume can make the difference in gaining market leadership, implementing a first-class, production-ready Manufacturing Execution System (MES) translates to a bigger share of the future. With Camstar's Solar Suite , Solar manufacturers get the power and control of the Fab combined with the dynamic tracking of Assembly and Test in a single Manufacturing Execution System. Camstar's solutions have long been a choice for Semiconductor and Electronics manufacturers, and Solar Edition is specifically designed to meet the needs of both the wafer processing and the electronic assembly. Out-of-the-box functionality translates to faster implementation and greater capability so users can have a first-class manufacturing solution that doesn't slow users down.
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