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  • Editor: Bernard Kippelen
  • Vol. 19, Iss. S3 — May. 9, 2011
  • pp: A207–A218

Tracking integration in concentrating photovoltaics using laterally moving optics

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

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue S3, pp. A207-A218 (2011)

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In this work the concept of tracking-integrated concentrating photovoltaics is studied and its capabilities are quantitatively analyzed. The design strategy desists from ideal concentration performance to reduce the external mechanical solar tracking effort in favor of a compact installation, possibly resulting in lower overall cost. The proposed optical design is based on an extended Simultaneous Multiple Surface (SMS) algorithm and uses two laterally moving plano-convex lenses to achieve high concentration over a wide angular range of ±24°. It achieves 500× concentration, outperforming its conventional concentrating photovoltaic counterparts on a polar aligned single axis tracker.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(080.3620) Geometric optics : Lens system design
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy
(220.4298) Optical design and fabrication : Nonimaging optics

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Original Manuscript: January 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 14, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 2011
Published: March 16, 2011

Fabian Duerr, Youri Meuret, and Hugo Thienpont, "Tracking integration in concentrating photovoltaics using laterally moving optics," Opt. Express 19, A207-A218 (2011)

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