Solar concentrator modules with silicone-onglass Fresnel lens panels and multijunction cells.

Abstract

High-efficiency multijunction (MJ) solar cells, being very expensive to manufacture, should only be used in combination with solar concentrators in terrestrial applications. An essential cost reduction of electric power produced by photovoltaic (PV) installations with MJ cells, may be expected by the creation of highly-effective, but inexpensive, elements for optical concentration and sun tracking. This article is an overview of the corresponding approach under development at the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute. The approach to R&D of the solar PV modules is based on the concepts of sunlight concentration by small-aperture area Fresnel lenses and "all-glass" module design. The small-aperture area lenses are arranged as a panel with silicone-on-glass structure where the glass plate serves as the front surface of a module. In turn, high-efficiency InGaP/(In)GaAs/Ge cells are arranged on a rear module panel mounted on a glass plate which functions as a heat sink and integrated protective cover for the cells. The developed PV modules and sun trackers are characterized by simple design, and are regarded as the prototypes for further commercialization.

DOI: 10.1364/OE.18.000A17

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@article{Rumyantsev2010SolarCM, title={Solar concentrator modules with silicone-onglass Fresnel lens panels and multijunction cells.}, author={Valery D Rumyantsev}, journal={Optics express}, year={2010}, volume={18 Suppl 1}, pages={A17-24} }