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The effects of optical fiber illumination on the performance of series connected photovoltaic arrays for power conversion
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Paper Abstract

The optical transfer of power is becoming important for military and industrial applications. The powering of electrical circuitry, sensors and actuators over optical fiber offers immunity from RF, EMI, voltage breakdown, lightning and high voltage hazards. Optical power transfer is being employed in industries such as electric power, communications, remote sensing, and aerospace. In this paper we address issues associated with the illumination of Series Connected Photovoltaic Arrays (SCPA). SCPAs are extremely sensitive to the uniformity of illumination. The performance of a photovoltaic array is dominated by the least illuminated cell. We introduce an analytical model that predicts the performance of a photovoltaic array for an arbitrary illumination. Experimental data on array performance is presented, and general issues associated with the problem of producing uniform illumination are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6287, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing II, 62870E (1 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.682611
Show Author Affiliations
Jason W. Shelton, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Fred M. Dickey, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6287:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing II
William J. Thomes Jr.; Fred M. Dickey, Editor(s)

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