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Non-uniform illumination in concentrating solar cells

Baig, H, Heasman, KC and Mallick, TK (2012) Non-uniform illumination in concentrating solar cells Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16 (8). pp. 5890-5909.

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After a gap of more than two decades, Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) technology is once again under spotlight for making use of the best available solar cell technologies and improving the overall performance. CPV finds its use in a number of applications ranging from building integration to huge power generation units. Although the principles of solar concentration are well understood, many practical design, operation, control issues require further understanding and research. A particular issue for CPV technology is the non-uniformity of the incident flux which tends to cause hot spots, current mismatch and reduce the overall efficiency of the system. Understanding of this effect requires further research, and shall help to employ the most successful means of using solar concentrators. This study reviews the causes and effects of the non-uniformity in the CPV systems. It highlights the importance of this issue in solar cell design and reviews the methods for the solar cell characterization under non-uniform flux conditions. Finally, it puts forward a few methods of improving the CPV performance by reducing the non-uniformity effect on the concentrator solar cells. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Baig, H
Mallick, TK
Date : 1 October 2012
DOI : 10.1016/j.rser.2012.06.020
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:32
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 22:27

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