Today, in late March, First Solar Middle East and North Africa Project Director Matt Merfert moved to
. His mission: to expand the company in
the Dubai Arabian Peninsula sunny desert areas
photovoltaic business, one because of its rich oil reserves and the slow
development of the renewable energy area. However, this situation is changed,
First Solar is to obtain a favorable position.
Spotless Dubai Marina (Dubai Marina), I caught up with Mr. Merfert, asked him to talk about the challenges and opportunities faced by the mppt charge controller market in the
Reporter: At present solar region of the Middle East
in what state? First Solar will be how to adapt to this situation? Of merfert:
solar can be roughly divided into four different types, each in a different R
& D and industrialization stage, they are: solar hot water, concentrating
solar thermal power (CSP), photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar (CPV).
PV deployment of installed capacity and energy costs leading the other three technologies, which directly convert photons into electrons, no moving parts, relies fundamentally on solid-state semiconductor physics. First Solar thin-film cadmium telluride focus on (CdTe) PV modules, it has the obvious advantage of low-cost manufacturing and high temperature performance. Recently, the conversion efficiency of cadmium telluride components to create a new world record, the component of the total area efficiency of 16.1%, the result has been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
While Europe and the
United States has always been a major market for
solar power, but we have seen more and more demand from the Middle East, India, South
Reporter: First off grid inverter why you want to add to the game in the Japan Middle
East to do? Is it really a growth area, because there are an
abundance of cheap oil.
Merfert: We had better be seen as two markets of the
Middle East: Energy exporting
and energy-importing countries.
Promote the realization of solar energy-exporting countries seems to be a contradiction, because the region occupy the global mining for more than half of the crude oil reserves. However, these energy-exporting countries increasingly recognize that solar energy investment will help reduce domestic oil and natural gas consumption for power generation, freeing up more resources for export. In view of some of the region one-third of the country's oil production for domestic power generation needs. Contribute to the development of solar oil exports of these countries to promote economic diversification and rapid development.
Energy-importing countries, the situation is different. These countries import large quantities of energy, often had to face many challenges, such as supply disruptions and fluctuations in fuel prices. These countries have begun to recognize that solar energy can become an important part of its generation portfolio, cushioning the adverse effects of fluctuations in fuel prices, thereby ensuring energy security.