Climate change and increasing scarcity of fossil fuel supplies have attracted growing attention in renewable energy sources. Since 2009, the photovoltaic market saw an unprecedented growth and PV is now the third most important renewable energy source in terms of globally installed renewable energy capacity. In 2011, the global PV market reached 28GW and a cumulative installed PV capacity of nearly 100GW worldwide.
SunCycle is the world’s first provider of Hybrid CPV systems. The SunCycle technology is an All-In-One solution which is competitive at the top of the market, provides optimal hybrid solutions in sunny regions, is environmentally-friendly, and delivers the highest efficiencies on the market.
SunCycle N.V. was founded in 2005 and has more than 7 years of experience in research on Hybrid CPV solutions.
SunCycle ‘s Hybrid Concentrating Photovoltaic technology was developed together with several leading R&D partners. Every component of the technology has been optimized with the finest solar energy technologies currently available on the market to offer the best commercial solution.
The SunCycle hybrid technology concentrates sunlight by using an internal tracking system. With use of special designed optics the sunlight is concentrated 540 times and focused onto a single, highly-efficient triple-junction solar cell. This technology enables a world-leading system efficiency of 25% in actual operating conditions. This is almost twice as high as the efficiencies achieved using conventional silicon solar systems. A breakthrough in solar energy. In addition to electrical energy supply the SunCycle technology also generates thermal energy using active cooling technology. This technology enables effective use of the collected heat for various thermal applications.
The SunCycle technology is ideal for use in areas with high direct normal irradiance (DNI).
SunCycle´s Hybrid Concentrating Photovoltaic technology is unique and patented worldwide. Patents are granted in Europe, the Middle-East, the Far-East, Oceania, the USA, Canada and South-America. SunCycle's innovative promising hybrid technology has attracted much attention globally.
SunCycle’s partners are world-renowned international research institutions and industrial suppliers. Each component of the technology has been optimized to offer a commercial solution performing at the top of the solar energy market. The R&D partners of SunCycle are the voestalpine group, the Solar Cell Research Group of Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Dutch research institute TNO, Leybold Optics, Neways Electronics, and the French Institut National De L’Energie Solaire (INES). SunCycle's R&D partners are leading companies in their field of expertise.
> the voestalpine group has expertise in molding techniques for mass production;
> Leybold Optics focuses on the lens and mirror components for optimal efficiency gains;
> Neways Electronics is specialized in professional electronic circuits or so called ‘Surface mounted Technology’;
> Radboud University are leading professionals in the field of the highly-efficient solar cell technology and developments;
> TNO is specialized in material applications, characterization and implementation;
> the French Institute INES is specialized in monitoring and testing field test applications.
SunCycle, together with its R&D partners, has secured various funds for the development of the Hybrid Concentrating Photovoltaic technology.
SunCycle’s unique technology has great potential regarding the global energy demand. Therefore SunCycle has been awarded a substantial grant by the EU in 2012. The grant is intended for the development of a production line enabling up scaling to mass production. It is unique that a start-up company like SunCycle is awarded with such a huge grant. Since its foundation SunCycle has secured many other funds for development of the innovative Hybrid CPV technology.
2005 - 2009 Various subsidies up to a total of over 300.000 euro
2010 - 2012 Pieken in de Delta €1.7M Grant Dutch Government
2012 - 2016 FP7 €7.3 M Grant European Union
SunCycle has developed an integrated system designed to meet the specific needs of remote areas and urban areas in sunny regions. SunCycle's highly-efficient Hybrid CPV modules will reach an electrical efficiency of 25% and a thermal efficiency of 40% in 2015. The electrical power output, apart from the thermal output, will be almost twice as high as the efficiencies achieved using conventional silicon solar systems.
In 2013 SunCycle’s first hybrid modules will be manufactured and introduced for defined pilot projects. These projects are meant to further optimize each component of the Hybrid CPV technology. Further development of the SunCycle hybrid module and mass production processes will continue in 2014 with aim to enter the world market in 2015.
In 2013, the first highly-efficient Hybrid CPV modules will be manufactured and lined up in defined pilot projects in various regions of the world. Both regions with low and high direct normal irradiance are selected to gather most optimal field test data. Signed projects are projects in the Netherlands, Southern France and Jordan
The SunCycle highly-efficient Hybrid CPV system is scheduled to start TÜV-IEC 62108 certification in 2013. IEC Certification involves rigorous screening and testing of the SunCycle design and manufacturing process. It includes verification that the module satisfies the strictest European regulations for the solar industry and ensures the component specifications and functionalities are stated correctly.
Many parts of the world still don't have access to the electricity grid, but many affected regions have great potential with regard to generating solar energy. SunCycle's Hybrid CPV technology is suitable for remote communities and isolated households, other autonomous applications and small installations for urban areas.
SunCycle will install its highly-efficient Hybrid CPV modules in various regions of the world. The technology is ideal for use in areas with high direct normal irradiance (DNI) like South-Europe, the Middle-East, Australia, part of South America and the Southwestern United States.
SunCycle will focus its sales activities globally by means of strategic licensing. In collaboration with third-party manufacturing contractor Voestalpine, SunCycle will first focus on the South-European market. Subsequently SunCycle will focus on markets in the MENA (Middle-East and North-Africa) regions followed by upcoming markets like Asia and South-America in the longer term.
SunCycle works continuously to further optimize the product design, output and manufacturing quality for increased efficiency, lower costs and guaranteed product performance. Together with world-renowned research institutes and industrial suppliers SunCycle is involved in ambitious optimizing projects to increase longevity and durability of the module and to ensure high performance over the entire system lifetime.
SunCycle's Hybrid CPV technology uses triple-junction highly-efficient solar cells which have the highest proven efficiency under high temperatures and irradiation. In concentration these highly-efficient solar cells have an efficiency over 40% with a growth potential up to 65%. So the efficiency of the SunCycle Hybrid CPV module is able to increase as the triple-junction solar cell efficiencies increase as well. Consequently, the SunCycle technology will always be able to compete at the top of the market.