Mitigating the non-uniform illumination in low concentrating CPCs using structured reflectors

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Abstract

One problem in concentrating photovoltaic systems without active cooling is the formation of hot spots on the solar module cells. These hotspots are a result of uneven concentration of radiation within the solar module cells. The overall effect of concentrated heating is the reduction in the fill-factor of the solar module cell and the subsequent decrease in the overall efficiency of the system. In this paper, we investigate one alternative of improving the performance of a low concentrating photovoltaic system using semi-diffuse rolled reflective elements. Our results indicate that rolling marks on the reflector aligned parallel to the plane of the solar module cell improve the performance of the photovoltaic system. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Authors
  • Sylvester Hatwaambo
  • Håkan Håkansson
  • Arne Roos
  • Björn Karlsson
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Building Technologies

Keywords

  • Reflector materials, Fill-factor, Low concentration PV-systems, Light, scattering
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2020-2024
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Volume93
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes