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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2010
  • pp: 2339–2346

Miniaturization of Fresnel lenses for solar concentration: a quantitative investigation

Fabian Duerr, Youri Meuret, and Hugo Thienpont  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 12, pp. 2339-2346 (2010)

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Sizing down the dimensions of solar concentrators for photovoltaic applications offers a number of promising advantages. It provides thinner modules and smaller solar cells, which reduces thermal issues. In this work a plane Fresnel lens design is introduced that is first analyzed with geometrical optics. Because of miniaturization, pure ray tracing may no longer be valid to determine the concentration performance. Therefore, a quantitative wave optical analysis of the miniaturization’s influence on the obtained concentration performance is presented. This better quantitative understanding of the impact of diffraction in microstructured Fresnel lenses might help to optimize the design of several applications in nonimaging optics.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(080.4298) Geometric optics : Nonimaging optics

Original Manuscript: January 21, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 22, 2010
Published: April 14, 2010

Fabian Duerr, Youri Meuret, and Hugo Thienpont, "Miniaturization of Fresnel lenses for solar concentration: a quantitative investigation," Appl. Opt. 49, 2339-2346 (2010)

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