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Miniaturized concentrator arrays as compact angle transformers for light collection and distribution
Author(s): Roland Bitterli; Toralf Scharf; Franz Josef Haug
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Paper Abstract

Efficient light management is one of the key issues in modern energy conversion systems, might it be to collect optical power or to redistribute light generated by high power light emitting diodes. One problem remains: How can one realize small size elements with high quality of light management. We propose a novel scheme by using miniaturized angle transformers or concentrators that have size of several millimeters. none In this size range diffraction effects play rarely a role and the design can be based on classical ray tracing. Dimensions are chosen to allow effective solution for high power light emitting diodes as well as solar cells. In most solar cell designs, the photocurrent is extracted through a conducting window layer in combination with a silver grid at the front of the device. The trade-off between series resistance and shadowing requires either buried contacts or screen printing of narrow lines with high aspect ratio. We propose an alternate approach where an array of parabolic concentrators directs the incoming light into the cell. The front metallization can thus be extended over the area between the paraboloids without shadowing loss. High power light emitting diodes are source with certain far field distribution and composed often out of several chips. Applying the concentrator array technology not on the whole source but locally on each chip promises small and effective solutions. We demonstrate realization of linear and hexagonal arrays of micro-concentration systems, discuss details of application and results of simulation of their optical properties in applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 2013
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8620, Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices II, 86201X (25 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004160
Show Author Affiliations
Roland Bitterli, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Toralf Scharf, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Franz Josef Haug, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8620:
Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices II
Alexandre Freundlich; Jean-Francois Guillemoles, Editor(s)

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