BP Solar launches new solar tech for Middle East

New BP Solar tech performs more efficiently in extreme temperatures.

KAUST in Saudi Arabia
KAUST in Saudi Arabia

BP Solar has announced the inauguration of a new solar technology designed to perform more efficiently in extreme temperatures.

The technology is being tested as part of a 14 kW pilot project on the grounds of the New Energy Oasis (NEO) of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. The KAUST system was switched on in July.

The system consists of 60 solar photovoltaic modules, half of which include BP Solar's new 120 half-cell modules with Thermo-Cool technology. The Thermo-Cool backsheet layer allows for faster heat dissipation, resulting in a cooler operating environment and thus higher power output.

“This project is a test of the efficiency of the Thermo-Cool Technology. It is performing very well, and we are especially pleased that the system is one of the first to be connected to the grid in the Kingdom. It is the latest chapter in BP Solar’s commitment to the Kingdom, a relationship that dates back to 1983,” said BP Solar CEO Mike Petrucci.

“The inauguration of this landmark project is an especially proud moment for BP, which has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Saudi Arabia,” said BP Saudi Arabia country manager Ribhi Rayyan.

This project is in keeping with the mission of the NEO to be a platform to test and validate new technologies for potential deployment in the Kingdom, said KAUST economic development VP Amin Al Shibani.

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