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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2009
  • pp: 2127–2132

Design and analysis of a curved cylindrical Fresnel lens that produces high irradiance uniformity on the solar cell

Juan C. González  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 11, pp. 2127-2132 (2009)

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A new type of convex Fresnel lens for linear photovoltaic concentration systems is presented. The lens designed with this method reaches 100% of geometrical optical efficiency, and the ratio ( Aperture area ) / ( Receptor area ) is up to 75% of the theoretical limit. The main goal of the design is high uniformity of the radiation on the cell surface for each input angle inside the acceptance. The ratio between the maximum and the minimum irradiance on points of the solar cell is less than 2. The lens has been designed with the simultaneous multiple surfaces (SMS) method of nonimaging optics, and ray tracing techniques have been used to characterize its performance for linear symmetry systems.

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OCIS Codes
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(220.3630) Optical design and fabrication : Lenses
(220.4298) Optical design and fabrication : Nonimaging optics

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: January 6, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 10, 2009
Published: April 6, 2009

Juan C. González, "Design and analysis of a curved cylindrical Fresnel lens that produces high irradiance uniformity on the solar cell," Appl. Opt. 48, 2127-2132 (2009)

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