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Empirical and analytical predictive models for a novel medium-concentration CPV system
Author(s): Marc Finot; Matt Kilkenny; Mehrdad Roosta; Eric Johnson; Khiem Do
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Paper Abstract

Skyline Solar has developed a novel Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) architecture design called High Gain Solar based on a reflective trough design with optimized Si panels. This design provides a distinct separation between the functionality of key components enabling parallel development and optimization as well as very rapid deployment. A predictive tool has been developed to link component characteristics to overall energy production to accurately predict the performance and degradation of the system in time, as a function of weather patterns and system architecture. This predictive tool is based on empirical and analytical models combining accelerated stress tests, on-sun performance tests, finite element analysis and manufacturing variability analyses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7407, High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications IV, 74070H (20 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826758
Show Author Affiliations
Marc Finot, Skyline Solar, Inc. (United States)
Matt Kilkenny, Skyline Solar, Inc. (United States)
Mehrdad Roosta, Skyline Solar, Inc. (United States)
Eric Johnson, Skyline Solar, Inc. (United States)
Khiem Do, Skyline Solar, 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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