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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2006
  • pp: 7885–7897

Monitoring of concentrated radiation beam for photovoltaic and thermal solar energy conversion applications

Antonio Parretta, Carlo Privato, Giuseppe Nenna, Andrea Antonini, and Marco Stefancich  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 30, pp. 7885-7897 (2006)

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Methods for evaluating the light intensity distribution on receivers of concentrated solar radiation systems are described. They are based on the use of Lambertian diffusers in place of the illuminated receiver and on the acquisition of the scattered light, in reflection or transmission mode, by a CCD camera. The spatial distribution of intensity radiation is then numerically derived from the recorded images via a proprietary code. The details of the method are presented and a short survey of the main applications of the method in the photovoltaic and thermal solar energy conversion field is proposed. Methods for investigating the Lambertian character of commercial diffusers are also discussed.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.1520) Detectors : CCD, charge-coupled device
(100.3010) Image processing : Image reconstruction techniques
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: January 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2006

Antonio Parretta, Carlo Privato, Giuseppe Nenna, Andrea Antonini, and Marco Stefancich, "Monitoring of concentrated radiation beam for photovoltaic and thermal solar energy conversion applications," Appl. Opt. 45, 7885-7897 (2006)

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