[San Jose, CA USA]
The 1 MW (MegaWatt) Solar Farm litmus test.
Has Nanosolar even produced 1 MW of CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide) photovoltaic (PV) modules?
After Intersolar Europe in Munich (München), “Nanosolar Exhibits at Intersolar Europe” was posted on the company News Blog. The RSS feed was propagated by the usual scrapers with almost immediate effect. The Nanosolar, Inc. post links to the “Nanosolar Utility Panel” YouTube video embedded below.
At around timestamp 1:52, the video advances to a Free-Field Installation which is none other than the 1 MW solar farm being constructed on the retired landfill in Luckenwalde, Germany. The landfill is down the road from the Nanosolar GmbH module factory. Upon critical review, the installation portion of the video appears to reveal two (2) completed rows of modules. A few weeks ago, a reliable confidential source reported only another row had been completed since In Search of Nanosolar GmbH – Part 3.
While former Nanosolar CEO Martin Roscheisen was prone to hype and occasional disinformation (like on Nanosolar panel dimensions, for example), the careful framing of the YouTube video seems to indicate the practices extend to the corporate culture.
A dedicated project page (German only) at the Südbrandenburgische Abfallzweckverband now claims the 1.3 MW project covering 2.7 hectares (6.7 acres) will be completed mid 2010. An included narrow field photo (above) appears to show four (4) or more completed array rows of the installation. However, the project first broke ground in May 2008 and was supposed to be completed the same year. A Photovoltaic Systems Workshop (German only) on the conversion of disturbed land plans a field trip to the (completed per the inset photo?) site on August 24, 2010.
In addition, my source observed the Nanosolar GmbH module factory was not running 24/7 or very busy in general. Although I could not confirm these observations myself, I did cross check the Nanosolar, Inc. San Jose site yesterday. Late afternoon Saturday, there were sufficient cars in the parking lot to suggest a second shift may have been producing CIGS solar cells. A conundrum or perhaps San Jose is also producing modules with their limited capability?
|From Nanosolar Summer 2010|
I continue to key off the 1 MW Luckenwalde solar farm as a proxy for Nanosolar’s progress. To date, Nanosolar has not announced the completion of a single solar farm installation, and the Luckenwalde project has been delayed almost two years. I wonder if Nanosolar has yet manufactured 1 MegaWatt of datasheet compliant PV modules on a cumulative basis since their September 2009 serial production claim of producing 1 million cells per month?
Of course, “Semiconductor Veteran Geoff Tate Named CEO of Nanosolar, Inc.” after the complete ouster of Martin Roscheisen may well have hinged on issues with the production ramp.
One R. Martin Roscheisen has a webpage (http://www.rmartinr.com/) and may be planning a new entrepreneurial venture per “Nanosolar’s Roscheisen “on something of big interest to” me (the eestor blogger) in September”. Could it be … Storage?
On his webpage, Mr. Roscheisen said:
After ending my active involvement in the company in April 2010, I continue to support Nanosolar as its largest individual shareholder.
I guess there won’t be an inside Nanosolar interview with Martin Roscheisen any time soon.
My discreet inquiries to Nanosolar on these topics were not acknowledged.