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Tracking integration in concentrating photovoltaics using laterally moving optics

Publication date 2011
B-Phot Authors Fabian Duerr, Hugo Thienpont
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.00A207
Citation
F. Duerr, Y. Meuret, and H. Thienpont, “Tracking integration in concentrating photovoltaics using laterally moving optics,” Opt. Express, vol. 19, no. 10, pp. A207–A218, 2011.
Abstract In this work the concept of tracking-integrated concentrating photovoltaics is studied and its capabilities are quantitatively analyzed. The design strategy desists from ideal concentration performance to reduce the external mechanical solar tracking effort in favor of a compact installation, possibly resulting in lower overall cost. The proposed optical design is based on an extended Simultaneous Multiple Surface (SMS) algorithm and uses two laterally moving plano-convex lenses to achieve high concentration over a wide angular range of +/- 24 degrees. It achieves 500x concentration, outperforming its conventional concentrating photovoltaic counterparts on a polar aligned single axis tracker. (C) 2011 Optical Society of America
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