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13 September 2007 Optimizing concentrating solar collection systems considering integrated performance over time band and location
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The optical design of a solar concentrator is based not on understanding and evaluating a point solution in time, but instead on the integrated performance over a band of time. Important additional factors are to evaluate different locations in the world and different seasons. Here we construct a software tool for modeling bands of time and use it to study different types of passive, low-concentration, CPC-profile solar collectors. Extruded trough geometry is shown to have superior performance to an annulus, and a cylindrically curved CPC profile had better pointing tolerance than the trough collector.
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Thomas L. R. Davenport "Optimizing concentrating solar collection systems considering integrated performance over time band and location", Proc. SPIE 6652, Optical Modeling and Measurements for Solar Energy Systems, 66520D (13 September 2007); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.741481
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