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Morgan Solar Inc.

Category Icon Power Generation

Company Name: Morgan Solar Inc.
Project Name: SimbaX
Key Products/Services: Solar Photovoltaic and Illumination Technologies
SDTC Support: 2014 to 2016
Vision: To make solar energy the most widely used and affordable power source in the world.
Consortium Partner: Morgan Solar Inc., Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Sage Stone, Silfab Ontario Inc., Uottawa - SUNlab
SDTC Funding: $3,000,000
Leveraged Funding: $5,913,909
Total Project Value: $8,913,909
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Primary Benefit

Clean Air

Co-Primary Benefits

Climate Change

Photo: Sun Simba CPV module installation.
“ Morgan Solar has benefited greatly from its engagement with SDTC. Several important technology demonstrations (with strategic customers and third‑party laboratories seeking to test and validate the performance and reliability of the technology) were made economically feasible as a direct result of the SDTC-funded Sun Simba project. The results from the demonstrations will play a crucial role in unlocking sales and exports in the future. The team at SDTC has been supportive of our efforts, provided guidance at critical junctures, and facilitated introductions to other industry players.”
Hugo Navarro
Vice President, Project Development and Operations, Morgan Solar
MORGAN SOLAR’S SUN SIMBA™ COMMERCIALIZATION PROJECT:

At a Glance

Morgan Solar’s cutting-edge Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) panel is twice as efficient as conventional silicon PV panels and can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost. The Sun Simba project (and resulting technology) not only lowers the number of parts needed to produce a solar panel but also uses a lower cost material for those parts, creating a double cost advantage. Initially designed for utility scale projects–large ground-mounted solar farms–the light‑weight and small form factor of the Sun Simba Gen 4.0 has rooftop, small-scale and off-grid applications.

The Opportunity

With the global market for photovoltaics experiencing exponential growth that’s expected to continue into the foreseeable future, real opportunities exist for companies who provide forward-thinking, low-cost solutions for the solar power industry. Solar PV is growing all across the world—especially in China, Japan, the U.S. and India—and becoming increasingly competitive very quickly. In a growing number of places, solar power is the best and most affordable option for homeowners, businesses, governments, and societies.

Morgan Solar was founded in 2007 with the goal of making unsubsidized solar energy competitive with traditional sources of generation. The company has pioneered a new approach to the design and manufacture of solar modules; their products lead the industry in efficiency, durability, and low cost.

Project Overview

The Morgan Solar Inc. (MSI) Sun Simba Commercialization Project aims to develop and refine the company’s technologies in order to help build out their pilot line of modules. The proprietary solar CPV technologies are presently being deployed for validation purposes in a variety of settings in order to show case their benefits and compelling economics. While some of the panels are deployed on Morgan Solar’s own sites, other demonstrations are for the purposes of third-party validation with key stakeholders. SDTC support has made these demonstrations feasible, helping open up new markets and international opportunities for MSI.

MSI is currently working on three deployments of the Sun Simba technology that will be put into the hands of arms‑length partners: University of Ottawa Sun Lab in Canada, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in the U.S. and the Commissariat aux Energies

Alternatives (CEA) in France, respectively, will all be testing MSI’s Sun Simba technology. Each of the three deployments will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the technology, demonstrating how the MSI panels perform in a variety of conditions. From collection to degradation, the panels will be evaluated on their performance, reliability and economics in real-life conditions.

Technology

The Sun Simba™ Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) module fundamentally changes the economics of solar power. The next‑generation technology is the first of its kind to concentrate sunlight in a planar direction, generating industry-leading energy yields at unprecedented low costs. Sun Simba replaces the silicon solar cells of conventional solar panels with advanced optics for capturing sunlight and extremely efficient, multi-junction solar cells for converting that sunlight to electricity. Two axis track technology allows MSI’s panels to move up and down, and side to side to collect the sun’s energy; it is a revolutionary approach.

Unlike other CPV technologies that come in big-box structures with big-ticket pricing associated with infrastructure and installation costs, Sun Simba is only an inch thick and is the same length as a traditional solar panel, bearing the same current and voltage. MSI’s CPV panels slip easily into existing solar paradigms with two key differences: Sun Simba is twice as efficient and half the size of existing panels, meaning twice as many panels can reside in a given area, doubling the power potential of a given installation. The technology also reduces the technical complexity of solar installations—resulting in an easier process—and comes at a fraction of the cost of conventional solar panels.

Proving Up a Radical Idea

Morgan Solar continues to do demonstrations with various partners in a number of settings across the globe—from Nevada to Alberta to France—to prove up their Sun Simba technology across relevant jurisdictions with considerable sun intensity and prevalence. With months of accumulated data documenting the installations, Morgan Solar is effectively demonstrating the performance, reliability and durability of their products across the globe. Sun Simba is patented in Canada, the U.S., China and Europe.