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  • Editor: Christian Seassal
  • Vol. 21, Iss. S3 — May. 6, 2013
  • pp: A401–A411

Tailored free-form optics with movement to integrate tracking in concentrating photovoltaics

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


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue S3, pp. A401-A411 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.00A401


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Abstract

The economic use of high-efficiency solar cells in photovoltaics requires high concentration of sunlight and therefore precise dual-axis tracking of the sun. Due to their size and bulkiness, these trackers are less adequate for small- to mid-scale installations like flat rooftops. Our approach to combine concentrating and tracking of sunlight utilizes two laterally moving lens arrays. The presented analytic optics design method allows direct calculation of the free-form lens surfaces while incorporating the lateral movement. The obtained concentration performance exceeds a factor of 500. This demonstrates that one can benefit from high-efficiency solar cells and more compact and flexible single-axis trackers at the same time.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(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

ToC Category:
Solar Concentrators

History
Original Manuscript: January 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2013
Published: April 9, 2013

Citation
Fabian Duerr, Youri Meuret, and Hugo Thienpont, "Tailored free-form optics with movement to integrate tracking in concentrating photovoltaics," Opt. Express 21, A401-A411 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-S3-A401


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