Development of compound parabolic concentrators for solar energy

  title={Development of compound parabolic concentrators for solar energy},
  author={Joseph J. O'Gallagher and Ronald Winston},
SYNOPSIS The compound parabolic concentrator (CPC) is not a specific collector, but a family of collectors based on a general design principle for maximizing the geometric concentration, C, for radiation within a given acceptance half angle ±θc. This maximum limit exceeds by a factor of 2 to 4 that attainable by systems using focusing optics. The wide acceptance angles permitted using these techniques have several unique advantages for solar concentrators including the elimination of the… CONTINUE READING


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