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Title: Optical Element Design for the Retrofit of the World's First Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) Power Plant

Abstract

The world's oldest, and still functional, Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) power plant originally rated at 350 kW, and is situated 50 km from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. There are ongoing efforts to retrofit the modules with new secondary optics and triple-junction cell devices. The paper characterizes the initial optical train, whose design is non-conventional in its use of a two-area primary Fresnel lens. The first generation of a retrofit receiver package is described. Challenges beyond the optical design are encountered, including tracking and structural mechanics.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology
  2. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  3. leopil - Leutz Optics and Illumination UG (haftungsbeschrankt)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1566046
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-5K00-74937
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the 15th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems (CPV-15), 25-27 March 2019, Fes, Morocco
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; structural mechanics; power plants; photovoltaics; optical elements; lenses

Citation Formats

Khonkar, Hussam, Alharbi, Fahad, Alyahyah, Abdulaziz, Miller, David C, and Leutz, Ralf. Optical Element Design for the Retrofit of the World's First Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) Power Plant. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1063/1.5124207.
Khonkar, Hussam, Alharbi, Fahad, Alyahyah, Abdulaziz, Miller, David C, & Leutz, Ralf. Optical Element Design for the Retrofit of the World's First Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) Power Plant. United States. doi:10.1063/1.5124207.
Khonkar, Hussam, Alharbi, Fahad, Alyahyah, Abdulaziz, Miller, David C, and Leutz, Ralf. Mon . "Optical Element Design for the Retrofit of the World's First Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) Power Plant". United States. doi:10.1063/1.5124207.
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title = {Optical Element Design for the Retrofit of the World's First Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) Power Plant},
author = {Khonkar, Hussam and Alharbi, Fahad and Alyahyah, Abdulaziz and Miller, David C and Leutz, Ralf},
abstractNote = {The world's oldest, and still functional, Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) power plant originally rated at 350 kW, and is situated 50 km from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. There are ongoing efforts to retrofit the modules with new secondary optics and triple-junction cell devices. The paper characterizes the initial optical train, whose design is non-conventional in its use of a two-area primary Fresnel lens. The first generation of a retrofit receiver package is described. Challenges beyond the optical design are encountered, including tracking and structural mechanics.},
doi = {10.1063/1.5124207},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {8}
}

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