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19 April 2011 Study of spectrum-splitting solar photovoltaic system
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The photoelectrical responsibility of single photo-electronic devices makes it difficult to achieve high efficiency of photoelectric conversion in the full solar spectrum range. The key to overcome the physical limits is to develop the system consisting of a set of solar cells in which the photo-electronic conversion of each cell will match to the sub-spectrum of the solar radiation with high conversion efficiency. In this work, we have used the spectrum splitting method to divide the solar spectrum into four sub-ranges of 400-630nm, 630-800nm, 800-900nm and 900-1800nm, respectively. Four high performance single-junction photo diodes are used, and each of them has high quantum-efficiency of photo-electronic conversion matching to the sub-ranges of solar spectrum. Under the 0.5-6.0 SUN radiation condition, the photo-electrical conversion efficiency of the system with four solar cells has been measured with the result to show that the photo-electric conversion efficiency of 35% is achieved under the typical 2.8 SUN radiation condition. The results given in this work will provide a way to show the potencial to realize a high photo-electric conversion efficiency (>40%) of the solar system in application.
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Yuan Zhao, Ming-Yu Sheng, Wei-Xi Zhou, Yan Shen, E. T. Hu, J. B. Chen, Ming Xu, Yu-Xiang Zheng, Young-Pak Lee, David W. Lynch, and Liang-Yao Chen "Study of spectrum-splitting solar photovoltaic system", Proc. SPIE 8065, SPIE Eco-Photonics 2011: Sustainable Design, Manufacturing, and Engineering Workforce Education for a Green Future, 806507 (19 April 2011);

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