Abstract

A prototype concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) module with high solar concentration, an added low-cost solar cell, and an adjoining multi-junction solar cell is fabricated and experimentally demonstrated. In the present CPV module, the low cost solar cell captures diffuse solar radiation penetrating the concentrator lens and the multi-junction cell captures concentrated direct solar radiation. On-sun test results show that the electricity generated by a Fresnel lens-based CPV module with an additional crystalline silicon solar cell is greater than that for a conventional CPV module by a factor of 1.44 when the mean ratio of diffuse normal irradiation to global normal irradiation at the module aperture is 0.4. Several fundamental optical characteristics are presented for the present module.

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2011 (1)

J. Jaus, A. W. Bett, H. Reinecke, and E. R. Weber, “Reflective secondary optical elements for Fresnel lens based concentrator modules,” Prog. Photovoltaics 19(5), 580–590 (2011).
[CrossRef]

2010 (3)

2003 (1)

D. Buie, A. G. Monger, and C. J. Dey, “Sunshape distributions for terrestrial solar simulations,” Sol. Energy 74(2), 113–122 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (1)

A. Neumann, A. Witzke, S. A. Jones, and G. Schmitt, “Representative terrestrial solar brightness profiles,” Trans. ASME J. Sol. Energy Eng. 124(2), 198–204 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Araki, K.

Benítez, P.

Bett, A. W.

J. Jaus, A. W. Bett, H. Reinecke, and E. R. Weber, “Reflective secondary optical elements for Fresnel lens based concentrator modules,” Prog. Photovoltaics 19(5), 580–590 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Buie, D.

D. Buie, A. G. Monger, and C. J. Dey, “Sunshape distributions for terrestrial solar simulations,” Sol. Energy 74(2), 113–122 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Buljan, M.

Chaves, J.

Cvetkovic, A.

Dey, C. J.

D. Buie, A. G. Monger, and C. J. Dey, “Sunshape distributions for terrestrial solar simulations,” Sol. Energy 74(2), 113–122 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Hernández, M.

Jaus, J.

J. Jaus, A. W. Bett, H. Reinecke, and E. R. Weber, “Reflective secondary optical elements for Fresnel lens based concentrator modules,” Prog. Photovoltaics 19(5), 580–590 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Jones, S. A.

A. Neumann, A. Witzke, S. A. Jones, and G. Schmitt, “Representative terrestrial solar brightness profiles,” Trans. ASME J. Sol. Energy Eng. 124(2), 198–204 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Kuroda, Y.

Miñano, J. C.

Mohedano, R.

Monger, A. G.

D. Buie, A. G. Monger, and C. J. Dey, “Sunshape distributions for terrestrial solar simulations,” Sol. Energy 74(2), 113–122 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Neumann, A.

A. Neumann, A. Witzke, S. A. Jones, and G. Schmitt, “Representative terrestrial solar brightness profiles,” Trans. ASME J. Sol. Energy Eng. 124(2), 198–204 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Reinecke, H.

J. Jaus, A. W. Bett, H. Reinecke, and E. R. Weber, “Reflective secondary optical elements for Fresnel lens based concentrator modules,” Prog. Photovoltaics 19(5), 580–590 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Rumyantsev, V. D.

Schmitt, G.

A. Neumann, A. Witzke, S. A. Jones, and G. Schmitt, “Representative terrestrial solar brightness profiles,” Trans. ASME J. Sol. Energy Eng. 124(2), 198–204 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Weber, E. R.

J. Jaus, A. W. Bett, H. Reinecke, and E. R. Weber, “Reflective secondary optical elements for Fresnel lens based concentrator modules,” Prog. Photovoltaics 19(5), 580–590 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Witzke, A.

A. Neumann, A. Witzke, S. A. Jones, and G. Schmitt, “Representative terrestrial solar brightness profiles,” Trans. ASME J. Sol. Energy Eng. 124(2), 198–204 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Yano, T.

Zamora, P.

Opt. Express (3)

Prog. Photovoltaics (1)

J. Jaus, A. W. Bett, H. Reinecke, and E. R. Weber, “Reflective secondary optical elements for Fresnel lens based concentrator modules,” Prog. Photovoltaics 19(5), 580–590 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Sol. Energy (1)

D. Buie, A. G. Monger, and C. J. Dey, “Sunshape distributions for terrestrial solar simulations,” Sol. Energy 74(2), 113–122 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Trans. ASME J. Sol. Energy Eng. (1)

A. Neumann, A. Witzke, S. A. Jones, and G. Schmitt, “Representative terrestrial solar brightness profiles,” Trans. ASME J. Sol. Energy Eng. 124(2), 198–204 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Other (3)

Sharp Corporation, “Sharp develops concentrator solar cell with world's highest conversion efficiency of 44.4%,” http://sharp-world.com/corporate/news/130614.html (2013).

Amonix Inc, “Amonix achieves world record for PV module efficiency in test at NREL,” http://amonix.com/pressreleases/amonix-achieves-world-record-pv-module-efficiency-test-nrel (2013).

P. Benitez, J. C. Miñano, and R. Alvarez, “Photovoltaic concentrator with auxiliary cells collecting diffuse radiation, US patent application publication,” Pub. No.: US 2010/0126556 A1 (2010).

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