Optical polymer solar concentrators for compact CPV systems

Sifang Cui, Remington S. Ketchum, Nicholas P. Lyons, Kyung Qo Kim, Robert A. Norwood

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Abstract

A cost-effective, lightweight and compact polymer solar concentrator for a CPV system based on an acylindrical lens array and a freeform waveguide was demonstrated. The optical silicone material and cyclic olefin copolymer were compared as the solar concentrator and both materials achieved ~160x optical concentration ratio as well as ~90% system optical efficiency. High optical efficiency and good tracking tolerance show the future viability of replacing a typical glass concentrator with a polymeric solar concentrator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication16th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems, CPV 2016
EditorsMaike Wiesenfarth, Myles Steiner, Kenneth Schmieder
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735440326
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 9 2020
Event16th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems, CPV 2016 - Denver, United States
Duration: May 4 2020May 6 2020

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume2298
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems, CPV 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver
Period5/4/205/6/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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