The purpose of this research is to analyze mathematically cylindrical shapes of flexible solar panels and compare their efficiency to the flat panels. The efficiency is defined to be the flux density, which is the ratio of the mathematical flux and the surface area. In addition we describe the trajectory of the Sun at specific locations: the North Pole, The Equator and a geostationary satellite above the Equator. The calculations were performed with software: Maple, Mathematica, and MATLAB.
Raaghav Pandya, Hammad Raja, Delfino Enriquez-Torres, Maria Ignacia Serey-Roman, Yasser Hassebo, and Małgorzata Marciniak, "Mathematical simulation of efficiency of various shapes of solar panels for NASA geostationary satellites," Proc. SPIE 10527, Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices VII, 105270N (Presented at SPIE OPTO: February 01, 2018; Published: 16 February 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2290991.
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