Utility Scale Solar Cogeneration
Capture More Sun™
Standard PV panels capture approximately 15% of the sun’s energy, while the remaining 85% of the sun’s energy is S converted to waste heat. Solar thermal alone does not yield any direct electricity, which typically has greater financial value per unit of energy (e.g. kWh) than hot water. Quadra Solar cogeneration utilizes over 30% of the sun’s energy to produce electricity and also captures 50% of the waste heat, which results in 80% overall efficiency of the system.
Conventional steam turbine power plants burn fuel to generate steam to drive turbines and then generate electricity. The solar electric energy generated with Quadra Solar cogeneration technology is fed directly to the grid, while the solar thermal energy is supplied to the conventional steam turbine power plant to generate steam, reducing the amount of fossil fuel used by up to 50%.
A typical 100MW conventional steam turbine power plant coupled with a 100MW Quadra Solar cogeneration solar power plant will provide the following:
- Peak Demand: the combined power plant can operate at a maximum of 200MWh, with 100MW generated from the solar power plant and the other 100MW from the conventional power plant. The 150MW of solar thermal energy will be fed to the conventional power plant reducing the fuel consumption by over 50%. If the demand drops the conventional power plant output is reduced and the solar thermal energy is stored for night use.
- Off Peak Demand: the combined power plant can operate at a maximum of 100MWh, with the conventional power plant powered using fossil fuel and the excess solar thermal energy captured and stored by Quadra Solar cogeneration system.
50kW Ground Mount Cogeneration Systems
- Quadra Solar Achieves Highest PV Module Efficiency in the Industry
- Canadian Cleantech Summit Interview with Ra'ed Arab, Quadra Solar CEO
- Presenter at The 4th Conference on Clean Energy in Boston
- Presenter at the Ottawa Venture and Technology Show
- Presenter at the Banff Venture Forum (BVF)
- Winner of Canada's Top 10 Cleantech Competition 2008