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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2008
  • pp: 2044–2046

Optical efficiency of solar concentrators by a reverse optical path method

A. Parretta, A. Antonini, E. Milan, M. Stefancich, G. Martinelli, and M. Armani  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 18, pp. 2044-2046 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.002044


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Abstract

A method for the optical characterization of a solar concentrator, based on the reverse illumination by a Lambertian source and measurement of intensity of light projected on a far screen, has been developed. It is shown that the projected light intensity is simply correlated to the angle-resolved efficiency of a concentrator, conventionally obtained by a direct illumination procedure. The method has been applied by simulating simple reflective nonimaging and Fresnel lens concentrators.

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OCIS Codes
(100.2000) Image processing : Digital image processing
(120.4570) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical design of instruments
(120.4630) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical inspection
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: February 7, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 27, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2008
Published: September 8, 2008

Citation
A. Parretta, A. Antonini, E. Milan, M. Stefancich, G. Martinelli, and M. Armani, "Optical efficiency of solar concentrators by a reverse optical path method," Opt. Lett. 33, 2044-2046 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-18-2044


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