Posted on: July 19, 2018 11:13 am
You may have heard Power Systems use words like photovoltaic, but do you know what it means? Photovoltaic is defined as the production of electric current at the junction of two substances exposed to light. Now you may be thinking what does this have to do with Alban or Caterpillar? Caterpillar has recently gotten into the business of solar power and with their thin film photovoltaic solar modules they are taking this new industry by storm.
Caterpillar’s Thin Film CdTe photovoltaic (PV) technology continues to set performance records in both research and real-world environments. The 17% thin film module efficiency beats best-in-class multicrystalline and holds the current world record for CdTe PV module efficiency by achieving 18.2% efficiency. Scott Schmitz, Alban’s MicroGrid Sales Representative said “with the technology reaching new milestones and efficiency in relationship to cost, the long term investment better than ever.”
With solar panels marking the wave of the future, Alban CAT’s Elkridge Facility recently installed CAT Photovoltaic Solar Modules on the roof of their facility. Over the course of 8 weeks, Alban Power Systems had workers atop their roof installing PV Solar Modules. Jerad Flood, the project manager on the project said “Working on a solar installation project has been an exciting experience to be a part of. Solar and isolated micro grid energy solutions have been a part of the future for decades coming, and the future is now. With modern economic advantages to solar, gas generator, fuel cell technology and energy storage Alban CAT can both reap the economic advantages of being its own energy manufacturer in Elkridge, as well as show ourselves to be a modern energy solutions company. Along with our installing contractors Solar Energy Services we look forward to continue our development for Alban CAT’s solar division and meeting the challenges of the rapid growth of the industry.”
So how does exactly does it work? Simply put, solar panels are comprised of many small photovoltaic cells. When the sun hits those cells, it allows the particles of light to knock electrons free thus generating a flow of electricity. The electricity that those photovoltaic cells create can be used to power our Elkridge Facility instead of having to utilize the utility grid. By reducing our use of our utility or BGE, the Elkridge Facility is able to save money on their operating costs. The solar panels cover 43,925 square feet of the Elkridge Facility roof and are expected to generate $60,000 savings with the new system up and running. Not only is the facility able to save money, they are able to monitor the solar modules in real-time via a Cat Master MicroGrid Controller that is installed in their facility lobby.
Just another way, Alban CAT Power Systems is showing customers to “Go Yellow To Go Green”! To learn more about PV and contact Alban CAT Power Systems to get started.