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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2002
  • pp: 2053–2058

Optical design of a solar flux homogenizer for concentrator photovoltaics

Kathi Kreske  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 10, pp. 2053-2058 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.002053


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Abstract

An optical solution is described for the redistribution of the light reflected from a 400-m2 paraboloidal solar concentrating dish as uniformly as possible over an approximately 1-m2 plane. Concentrator photovoltaic cells will be mounted at this plane, and they require a uniform light distribution for high efficiency. It is proposed that the solar cells will be mounted at the output of a rectangular receiver box with reflective sidewalls (i.e., a kaleidoscope), which will redistribute the light. I discuss the receiver box properties that influence the light distribution reaching the solar cells.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators

History
Original Manuscript: July 17, 2001
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2001
Published: April 1, 2002

Citation
Kathi Kreske, "Optical design of a solar flux homogenizer for concentrator photovoltaics," Appl. Opt. 41, 2053-2058 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-10-2053

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