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Design of a solar collector system formed by a Fresnel lens and a CEC coupled to plastic fibers
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Paper Abstract

Among the main challenges for systems based in solar concentrators and plastic optical fibers (POF) the accuracy needed for the solar tracking is founded. One approach to overcome these requirements is increasing acceptance angle of the components, usually by secondary optical elements (SOE), however this technique is effective for photovoltaic applications but it has not been analyzed for systems coupled to POFs for indoor illumination. On this subject, it is presented a numerical analysis of a solar collector assembled by a Fresnel lens as primary optical element (POE) combined with a compound elliptical concentrator (CEC) coupled to POF in order to compare its performance under incidence angle direction and also to show a trade-off analysis for two different Fresnel lens shapes, imaging and nonimaging, used in the collector system. The description of the Fresnel lenses and its designs are included, in addition to the focal areas with space and angular distribution profiles considering the optimal alignment with the source and maximum permissible incident angle for each case. For both systems the coupling between the optical components is analyzed and the total performance is calculated, having as result its comparison for indoor illumination. In both cases, the systems have better performance increasing the final output power, but the angular tolerance only was improved for the system with nonimaging concentrator that had an efficiency over 80% with acceptance angles 𝜃𝑖 ≤ 2° and, the system integrated by the imaging lens, presented an efficiency ratio over 75% for acceptance angles 𝜃𝑖 ≤ 0.7°.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9572, Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration XII, 95720B (25 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2188222
Show Author Affiliations
Perla M. Viera-González, Univ. Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico)
Guillermo E. Sánchez-Guerrero, Univ. Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico)
Daniel E. Ceballos-Herrera, Univ. Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico)
Romeo Selvas-Aguilar, Univ. Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9572:
Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration XII
Roland Winston; Jeffrey M. Gordon, Editor(s)

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