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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 14 — Jul. 4, 2011
  • pp: 13140–13149

Design of wavelength selective concentrator for micro PV/TPV systems using evolutionary algorithm

Noboru Yamada and Toshikazu Ijiro  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 14, pp. 13140-13149 (2011)

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This paper describes the results of exploring photonic structures that behave as wavelength selective concentrators (WSCs) of solar/thermal radiation. An evolutionary algorithm was combined with the finite-difference time-domain method (EA-FDTD) to determine the optimum photonic structure that can concentrate a designated wavelength range of beam solar radiation and diffusive thermal radiation in such a manner that the range matches the photosensitivity of micro photovoltaic and thermophotovoltaic cells. Our EA-FDTD method successfully generated a photonic structure capable of performing wavelength selective concentration close to the theoretical limit. Our WSC design concept can be successfully extended to three-dimensional structures to further enhance efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(350.5610) Other areas of optics : Radiation
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(220.4298) Optical design and fabrication : Nonimaging optics
(230.7408) Optical devices : Wavelength filtering devices

ToC Category:
Solar Energy

Original Manuscript: April 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2011
Published: June 22, 2011

Noboru Yamada and Toshikazu Ijiro, "Design of wavelength selective concentrator for micro PV/TPV systems using evolutionary algorithm," Opt. Express 19, 13140-13149 (2011)

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