skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Low-cost manufacturing of the point focus concentrating module and its key component, the Fresnel lens. Final subcontract report, 31 January 1991--6 May 1991

Abstract

Solar Kinetics, Inc. (SKI) has been developing point-focus concentrating PV modules since 1986. SKI is currently in position to manufacture between 200 to 600 kilowatts annually of the current design by a combination of manual and semi-automated methods. This report reviews the current status of module manufacture and specifies the required approach to achieve a high-volume manufacturing capability and low cost. The approach taken will include process development concurrent with module design for automated manufacturing. The current effort reviews the major manufacturing costs and identifies components and processes whose improvements would produce the greatest effect on manufacturability and cost reduction. The Fresnel lens is one such key component. Investigating specific alternative manufacturing methods and sources has substantially reduced the lens costs and has exceeded the DOE cost-reduction goals. 15 refs.

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Solar Kinetics, Inc., Dallas, TX (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States); Solar Kinetics, Inc., Dallas, TX (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10109624
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-214-4477
ON: DE91015028
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Nov 1991
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; FRESNEL LENS; SOLAR CONCENTRATORS; MANUFACTURING; PROGRESS REPORT; CONCENTRATOR SOLAR CELLS; COST; FABRICATION; 141000; 140501; SOLAR COLLECTORS AND CONCENTRATORS; PHOTOVOLTAIC CONVERSION

Citation Formats

Saifee, T, and Konnerth, A III. Low-cost manufacturing of the point focus concentrating module and its key component, the Fresnel lens. Final subcontract report, 31 January 1991--6 May 1991. United States: N. p., 1991. Web. doi:10.2172/10109624.
Saifee, T, & Konnerth, A III. Low-cost manufacturing of the point focus concentrating module and its key component, the Fresnel lens. Final subcontract report, 31 January 1991--6 May 1991. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/10109624
Saifee, T, and Konnerth, A III. Fri . "Low-cost manufacturing of the point focus concentrating module and its key component, the Fresnel lens. Final subcontract report, 31 January 1991--6 May 1991". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/10109624. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10109624.
@article{osti_10109624,
title = {Low-cost manufacturing of the point focus concentrating module and its key component, the Fresnel lens. Final subcontract report, 31 January 1991--6 May 1991},
author = {Saifee, T and Konnerth, A III},
abstractNote = {Solar Kinetics, Inc. (SKI) has been developing point-focus concentrating PV modules since 1986. SKI is currently in position to manufacture between 200 to 600 kilowatts annually of the current design by a combination of manual and semi-automated methods. This report reviews the current status of module manufacture and specifies the required approach to achieve a high-volume manufacturing capability and low cost. The approach taken will include process development concurrent with module design for automated manufacturing. The current effort reviews the major manufacturing costs and identifies components and processes whose improvements would produce the greatest effect on manufacturability and cost reduction. The Fresnel lens is one such key component. Investigating specific alternative manufacturing methods and sources has substantially reduced the lens costs and has exceeded the DOE cost-reduction goals. 15 refs.},
doi = {10.2172/10109624},
url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/10109624}, journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1991},
month = {11}
}