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
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
Original Manuscript: July 17, 2001
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2001
Published: April 1, 2002
Kathi Kreske, "Optical design of a solar flux homogenizer for concentrator photovoltaics," Appl. Opt. 41, 2053-2058 (2002)