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Optimizing concentrating solar collection systems considering integrated performance over time band and location
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Paper Abstract

The optical design of a solar concentrator is based not on understanding and evaluating a point solution in time, but instead on the integrated performance over a band of time. Important additional factors are to evaluate different locations in the world and different seasons. Here we construct a software tool for modeling bands of time and use it to study different types of passive, low-concentration, CPC-profile solar collectors. Extruded trough geometry is shown to have superior performance to an annulus, and a cylindrically curved CPC profile had better pointing tolerance than the trough collector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6652, Optical Modeling and Measurements for Solar Energy Systems, 66520D (13 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.741481
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Thomas L. R. Davenport, Optical Research Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6652:
Optical Modeling and Measurements for Solar Energy Systems
Daryl R. Myers, Editor(s)

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