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Benefits of metal reflective surfaces for concentrating solar applications
Author(s): Stefan Braendle
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Paper Abstract

Concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) companies are constantly making gains in efficiency and a lower levelized cost of energy, but continue to face questions of reliability and efficiency at scale remain. New technologies such as highly efficient aluminum mirrors help CPV companies fulfill both of these demands by allowing for performance and reliability gains, while also enabling high volume production for scaled deployment. In testing, metal mirrors have shown to be good matches for concentrating applications while performing at the same level as glass mirrors in accelerated weather tests. When combined with the inherent lighter weight and formability of aluminum, these new mirrors provide CPV solutions with a compelling advantage in the field.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7769, High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications V, 77690F (24 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853749
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Stefan Braendle, Alanod-Solar (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7769:
High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications V
Lori E. Greene; Raed A. Sherif, Editor(s)

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