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Title: Concentrator-type photovoltaic (CPV) modules, receiver and sub-receivers and methods of forming same

Abstract

CPV modules include a back plate having an array of 1 mm2 or smaller solar cells thereon. A backplane interconnect network is also provided on the back plate. This backplane interconnect network operates to electrically connect the array of solar cells together. A front plate, which is spaced-apart from the back plate, is provided. This front plate includes an array of primary lenses thereon that face the array of solar cells. The front plate can be configured to provide a greater than 1000× lens-to-cell light concentration to the array of solar cells. To achieve this 1000× lens-to-cell light concentration, the primary lenses can be configured as plano-convex lenses having a lens sag of less than about 4 mm. An array of secondary optical elements may also be provided, which extend between the array of primary lenses and the array of solar cells.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
X-Celeprint Limited, Cork (Ireland)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1576312
Patent Number(s):
10,416,425
Application Number:
12/702,841
Assignee:
X-Celeprint Limited (Cork, IE)
DOE Contract Number:  
FG36-08GO18021
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2010 Feb 09
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Menard, Etienne, Bower, Christopher, Burroughs, Scott, Carr, Joe, Conner, Bob, Dets, Sergiy, Furman, Bruce, Meitl, Matthew, and Sullivan, Michael. Concentrator-type photovoltaic (CPV) modules, receiver and sub-receivers and methods of forming same. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Menard, Etienne, Bower, Christopher, Burroughs, Scott, Carr, Joe, Conner, Bob, Dets, Sergiy, Furman, Bruce, Meitl, Matthew, & Sullivan, Michael. Concentrator-type photovoltaic (CPV) modules, receiver and sub-receivers and methods of forming same. United States.
Menard, Etienne, Bower, Christopher, Burroughs, Scott, Carr, Joe, Conner, Bob, Dets, Sergiy, Furman, Bruce, Meitl, Matthew, and Sullivan, Michael. Tue . "Concentrator-type photovoltaic (CPV) modules, receiver and sub-receivers and methods of forming same". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1576312.
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title = {Concentrator-type photovoltaic (CPV) modules, receiver and sub-receivers and methods of forming same},
author = {Menard, Etienne and Bower, Christopher and Burroughs, Scott and Carr, Joe and Conner, Bob and Dets, Sergiy and Furman, Bruce and Meitl, Matthew and Sullivan, Michael},
abstractNote = {CPV modules include a back plate having an array of 1 mm2 or smaller solar cells thereon. A backplane interconnect network is also provided on the back plate. This backplane interconnect network operates to electrically connect the array of solar cells together. A front plate, which is spaced-apart from the back plate, is provided. This front plate includes an array of primary lenses thereon that face the array of solar cells. The front plate can be configured to provide a greater than 1000× lens-to-cell light concentration to the array of solar cells. To achieve this 1000× lens-to-cell light concentration, the primary lenses can be configured as plano-convex lenses having a lens sag of less than about 4 mm. An array of secondary optical elements may also be provided, which extend between the array of primary lenses and the array of solar cells.},
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