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Soliant energy concentrator module performance and comparison to silicon flat panel performance
Author(s): Neil Fromer; Richard Johnson; Simone Missirian; Jason Bobruk
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Paper Abstract

Soliant Energy, Inc. is producing 500X CPV systems for commercial rooftop applications. Our unique application requires an accurate method for comparing CPV panel performance to silicon and thin-film flat panel performance. The true metric for comparing rooftop CPV to flat panel can only be kWh/m2/yr. It is possible to calculate module level temperature coefficients for the output power and calculate a power rating comparable to an STC rating for this module. However, the best comparison is to measure outside, side by side with a flat panel. This paper presents performance data collected at Sandia National Laboratories from November 2008 to January 2009, and at Soliant's Monrovia facility in March and April 2009, showing the enhanced performance of our CPV system under real world conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7407, High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications IV, 740706 (20 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.835613
Show Author Affiliations
Neil Fromer, Soliant Energy, Inc. (United States)
Richard Johnson, Soliant Energy, Inc. (United States)
Simone Missirian, Soliant Energy, Inc. (United States)
Jason Bobruk, Soliant Energy, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7407:
High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications IV
Lori E. Greene, Editor(s)

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