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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 19 — Sep. 15, 2008
  • pp: 14894–14901

Solar simulator for concentrator photovoltaic systems

César Domínguez, Ignacio Antón, and Gabriel Sala  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 19, pp. 14894-14901 (2008)

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A solar simulator for measuring performance of large area concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules is presented. Its illumination system is based on a Xenon flash light and a large area collimator mirror, which simulates natural sun light. Quality requirements imposed by the CPV systems have been characterized: irradiance level and uniformity at the receiver, light collimation and spectral distribution. The simulator allows indoor fast and cost-effective performance characterization and classification of CPV systems at the production line as well as module rating carried out by laboratories.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.1680) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Collimation
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

Original Manuscript: July 31, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 30, 2008
Published: September 8, 2008

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César Domínguez, Ignacio Antón, and Gabriel Sala, "Solar simulator for concentrator photovoltaic systems," Opt. Express 16, 14894-14901 (2008)

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