High performance concentrating photovoltaic module designs for utility scale power generation

Adam Plesniak, Russ Jones, Joel Schwartz, Guy Martins, John Hall, Authi Narayanan, David Whelan, Pablo Benítez, Juan C. Miñano, Aleksandra Cvetkovic, Maikel Hernandez, Oliver Dross (+2 others)
2009 High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications IV  
The Boeing Company Phantom Works has developed three different prototype photovoltaic concentrator arrays since March 2007. Identified as Prototype A, B and C, the experimentally proven technical characteristics of each design are presented. The concentrator designs utilize a 1 cm 2 multi-junction solar cell assembly in conjunction with SMS non-imaging optical designs [1, 2] manufactured with low-cost mass-producible technologies. Prototype A is an on-axis XR optical concentrator with a 733x
more » ... metrical concentration demonstrating a ± 1.73° acceptance angle and 23.7% conversion efficiency. Prototype B is an off-axis free-form XR optical concentrator with a 810x geometrical concentration demonstrating a ± 1.32° acceptance angle and 25.3% conversion efficiency. Prototype C is the most recent off-axis free-form XR optical concentrator with a 801x geometrical concentration and a theoretical ±1.80° acceptance angle demonstrating a conversion efficiency greater than 27.0%. Prototype C is also the basis for the Boeing Proof of Design (POD) module, demonstrating an acceptance angle of ±1.48° and a conversion efficiency of 29.4% (as of May 8, 2009). Manufacturability has been paramount during the design process, resulting in high performance concentrating photovoltaic modules using production quality components.
doi:10.1117/12.827789 fatcat:tlbbgrecyvgmzogthqylx73igu