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Design of planar light guide concentrators for building integrated photovoltaics
Author(s): Eryn Fennig; Greg Schmidt; Duncan T. Moore
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Paper Abstract

There are advantages to using planar light guide (PLG) concentrators instead of Fresnel concentrators for glass building façade photovoltaic systems. This paper details the main components of a PLG concentrator and describes how the concentrator works. The design of a PLG concentrator is constrained by the limitations of the diamond turning process used to make the microlens array. These manufacturing limitations and their effects on the lens design and system performance are reviewed. We report on the design of a 25 × 100 mm planar light guide concentrator with a 50x geometric concentration and an 85.0-88.1% theoretical optical efficiency for use in building integrated photovoltaics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 November 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10590, International Optical Design Conference 2017, 105901M (27 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2293583
Show Author Affiliations
Eryn Fennig, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Greg Schmidt, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Duncan T. Moore, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10590:
International Optical Design Conference 2017
Peter P. Clark; Julius A. Muschaweck; Richard N. Pfisterer; John R. Rogers, Editor(s)

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