A novel concentrator design with PV junctions on the sides of a flat panel

Jiansheng Liu, Jingong Pan, George Georgiou, Ken Chin, Zheng Zheng, Junge Tan

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Abstract

Deploying a concentrator for a photovoltaic (PV) system has been proved to be one of the most efficient ways to reduce the junction material cost per watt output, and to increase the power output per unit module area facing the sun. In this paper a novel side-mounted concentrator solar module structure and design that could be rather compact and thin compared to current designs, and yet provides good concentration efficiency is proposed and studied. The efficiency of the designed concentrators is investigated by a method of ray-tracing simulations. The design result on a 40mm x 40mm x 2mm panel concentrator reveals that a total Effective Geometrical Concentration (Cg) of 2.7 is achievable over a large acceptance angle range of 20°, which could enable non-tracking or limited 1-D tracking deployment of such concentrators. Besides, the concentrator solar cell of this design is fully planar and easily expanded into a large cell mosaic-piling like panel. As the cell in it does not need to face the sun directly, the active cell part can be shielded from the damage of high energy radiation, which makes it extremely suitable for space applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
Pages1127-1131
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2009Jun 12 2009

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Other

Other2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Period6/7/096/12/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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