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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 8 — Apr. 9, 2012
  • pp: 9004–9018

Single element spectral splitting solar concentrator for multiple cells CPV system

Marco Stefancich, Ahmed Zayan, Matteo Chiesa, Stefano Rampino, Dario Roncati, Lionel Kimerling, and Jurgen Michel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pp. 9004-9018 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.009004


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Abstract

Shockley Read Hall equation poses a limit to the maximum conversion efficiency of broadband solar radiation attainable by means of a single bandgap converter. A possible approach to overcome such a limit is to convert different parts of the broadband spectrum using different single junction converters. We consider here a different modus operandi where a single low-cost optimized plastic prismatic structure performs simultaneously the tasks of concentrating the solar light and, based on the dispersive behavior of the employed material, spatially splitting it into its spectral component. We discuss its approach, optical simulations, fabrication issues and preliminary experimental results demonstrating its feasibility for cost effective high efficiency Concentrated Photovoltaic Systems (CPV) systems.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5350) Detectors : Photovoltaic
(230.1360) Optical devices : Beam splitters
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer

ToC Category:
Solar Energy

History
Original Manuscript: February 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2012
Published: April 3, 2012

Citation
Marco Stefancich, Ahmed Zayan, Matteo Chiesa, Stefano Rampino, Dario Roncati, Lionel Kimerling, and Jurgen Michel, "Single element spectral splitting solar concentrator for multiple cells CPV system," Opt. Express 20, 9004-9018 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-8-9004


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