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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 18, Iss. S1 — Apr. 26, 2010
  • pp: A17–A24

Solar concentrator modules with silicone-on-glass Fresnel lens panels and multijunction cells

Valery D. Rumyantsev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue S1, pp. A17-A24 (2010)

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High-efficiency multijunction (MJ) solar cells, being very expensive to manufacture, should only be used in combination with solar concentrators in terrestrial applications. An essential cost reduction of electric power produced by photovoltaic (PV) installations with MJ cells, may be expected by the creation of highly-effective, but inexpensive, elements for optical concentration and sun tracking. This article is an overview of the corresponding approach under development at the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute. The approach to R&D of the solar PV modules is based on the concepts of sunlight concentration by small-aperture area Fresnel lenses and “all-glass” module design. The small-aperture area lenses are arranged as a panel with silicone-on-glass structure where the glass plate serves as the front surface of a module. In turn, high-efficiency InGaP/(In)GaAs/Ge cells are arranged on a rear module panel mounted on a glass plate which functions as a heat sink and integrated protective cover for the cells. The developed PV modules and sun trackers are characterized by simple design, and are regarded as the prototypes for further commercialization.

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OCIS Codes
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(220.4840) Optical design and fabrication : Testing
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

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Solar Concentrators

Original Manuscript: February 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 23, 2010
Published: April 26, 2010

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Valery D. Rumyantsev, "Solar concentrator modules with silicone-on-glass Fresnel lens panels and multijunction cells," Opt. Express 18, A17-A24 (2010)

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