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Soitec, Reflexite Energy Ink Joint Venture
Nov 2011
BERNIN, France, and AVON, Conn., Nov. 17, 2011 — To create competitive concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solutions, Soitec and US-based Reflexite Energy Solutions Inc. have entered a joint venture to establish Reflexite Soitec Optical Technology LLC.

The newly formed company will produce the silicone-on-glass (SOG) Fresnel lens plates used in Soitec’s CPV modules and will co-develop next-generation technologies to increase the efficiencies and lower the costs of SOG lens plates. The joint venture will be located in part of the new CPV manufacturing facility that Soitec plans to open in San Diego.

At the new site, Reflexite will supply the technology and manufacturing expertise to produce the injection-molded lens plates. Soitec will provide the lens design and its factory’s technical infrastructure as well as business opportunities across the Southwest region of the US. The two companies currently are collaborating on designing their factory space, which will employ approximately 100 people.

Soitec says that the Fresnel lens it designed concentrates sunlight more than 500 times, and that it was the first company to use SOG to produce a lens plate design.

Reflexite, now a part of the Orafol Group, based in Germany, produces optical components and films that improve the operating efficiency of electro-optical systems.

Soitec manufactures semiconductor materials that address energy and electronic challenges.

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1. The branch of physics that deals with the use of electrical energy to create or manipulate light waves, generally by changing the refractive index of a light-propagating material; 2. Collectively, the devices used to affect the intersection of electrical energy and light. Compare with optoelectronics.
fresnel lens
A lens resembling a planoconvex or planoconcave lens that is cut into narrow rings and flattened. If the steps are narrow, the surface of each step is generally made conical and not spherical. Fresnel lenses can be large glass structures as in lighthouses, floodlights or traffic signals, or thin molded plastic plates with fine steps; often used for field lenses.  
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