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Thermodynamically efficient solar concentrators
Author(s): Roland Winston
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Paper Abstract

Non-imaging Optics is the theory of thermodynamically efficient optics and as such depends more on thermodynamics than on optics. Hence in this paper a condition for the "best" design is proposed based on purely thermodynamic arguments, which we believe has profound consequences for design of thermal and even photovoltaic systems. This new way of looking at the problem of efficient concentration depends on probabilities, the ingredients of entropy and information theory while “optics” in the conventional sense recedes into the background.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8485, Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration IX, 848502 (11 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.931727
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Roland Winston, Univ. of California, Merced (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8485:
Nonimaging Optics: Efficient Design for Illumination and Solar Concentration IX
Roland Winston; Jeffrey M. Gordon, Editor(s)

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