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Device Aspects Of Concentrator Technologies
Author(s): J. A. Cape; L. M. Fraas; P. S. McLeod; L. D. Partain
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Paper Abstract

On the basis of a simple energy-cost model, we estimate that photovoltaic (PV) concentrator systems will require sunlight concentration ratios in the hundreds in order to meet the cost goals for large-scale power generation. We address the design requirements, presented by these high concentrations, for cells and packaged-cell devices to meet the heat transfer needs, to achieve acceptable electrical and optical losses, and to provide mechanical stability against environmentally induced stresses. Ohmic and optical loss considerations provide a basis for contact grid design. Heat transfer and mechanical stability considerations help define cell-package design options and can present conflicting requirements which may require trade-off evaluations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 1985
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0543, Photovoltaics, (9 May 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.948197
Show Author Affiliations
J. A. Cape, Chevron Research Company (United States)
L. M. Fraas, Chevron Research Company (United States)
P. S. McLeod, Chevron Research Company (United States)
L. D. Partain, Chevron Research Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0543:
Satyen K. Deb, Editor(s)

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