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Title: Performance of a Prototype Stationary Catadioptric Concentrating Photovoltaic Module

A stationary catadioptric concentrating photovoltaic module with aperture area over 100 cm2, geometric concentration of 180x, and collection within 60° of polar incidence was designed, prototyped, and characterized. The module performance followed modeling closely with a peak power conversion efficiency of 26% for direct irradiance. Tracking of the sun is accomplished via translational micro-tracking completely internal to the module, avoiding the cost and complexity of mechanical two-axis trackers that point towards the sun. This study demonstrates the potential for concentrating photovoltaic modules with significantly higher efficiency than industry standard silicon photovoltaic modules that could be installed in stationary configurations on rooftops.
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  1. Glint Photonics, Inc., Burligame, CA (United States)
  2. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Grant/Contract Number:
AR0000644; AR0000332; EPC14-040; AC36-08GO28308
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Optics Express
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: 10; Conference: Optics for Solar Energy 2017, Boulder, CO (United States), 6-9 Nov 2017; Journal ID: ISSN 1094-4087
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Glint Photonics, Inc., Burligame, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E); California Energy Commission
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; stationary concentrating photovoltaics
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1455117