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Implementation of a large solar collector for electric charge generation
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Paper Abstract

This paper evaluates use of solar flux concentrator systems with photovoltaic cells, it provides analysis on overall economic feasibility based on cost/benefit considerations. Properties evaluated include launch volume/mass, efficiency once in a functioning configuration and service life. Production time will also be discussed considering research on existing technology to expedite integration. Solar energy is primarily harvested via solar panels. With the utilization of a large mirrored dish, solar energy can be concentrated to maximize the efficiency of photovoltaic systems form a cost/benefit standpoint. The design concepts for these systems include fully rigid, tensioned over frame, and inflatable approaches. The efficiency of such systems will be discussed. Pre-existing systems, such as the photovoltaic blanket arrays on the international space station, will be considered. Areas of consideration include cost/output ratio, the efficiency of the array, and the system’s service life. Prior work on ridged, tensioned, and inflatable mirrored systems will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9837, Unmanned Systems Technology XVIII, 98370U (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224414
Show Author Affiliations
Skye Leake, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Thomas McGuire, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Michael Parsons, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Michael P. Hirsch, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)
Jeremy Straub, Univ. of North Dakota (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9837:
Unmanned Systems Technology XVIII
Robert E. Karlsen; Douglas W. Gage; Charles M. Shoemaker; Grant R. Gerhart, Editor(s)

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