Design and fabrication of low concentrating second generation PRIDE concentrator
Mallick, Tapas K. and Eames, Philip C.. (2007) Design and fabrication of low concentrating second generation PRIDE concentrator. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol.91 (No.7). pp. 597-608. ISSN 0927-0248Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solmat.2006.11.016
Prototype first generation Photovoltaic Facades of Reduced Costs Incorporating Devices with Optically Concentrating Elements (PRIDE) technology incorporating 3 and 9mm wide single crystal silicon solar cells showed excellent power output compared to a similar non-concentrating system when it was characterized both indoors using a flash and continuous solar simulator. However, durability and instability of the dielectric material occurred in long-term characterisation. when the concentrator was made by using casting technology. For large scale manufacturing process, durability, and to reduce the weight of the concentrator, second generation PRIDE design incorporated 6 mm wide "Saturn" solar cells at the absorber of dielectric concentrators. Injection moulding was used to manufacture 3 kWp of such PV concentrator module for building facade integration in Europe. Special design techniques and cost implications are implemented in this paper. A randomly selected PV concentrator was characterised at outdoors from twenty-four (approximate to 3 kWp) 2nd-G PRIDE manufactured concentrators. The initial PV concentrators achieved a power ratio of 2.01 when compared to a similar non-concentrating system. The solar to electrical conversion efficiency achieved for the PV panel was 10.2% when characterised outdoors. In large scale manufacturing process, cost reduction of 40% is achievable using this concentrator manufacturing technology. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Engineering|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells|
|Publisher:||Elsevier Science BV|
|Official Date:||16 April 2007|
|Number of Pages:||12|
|Page Range:||pp. 597-608|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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