23 September 2016 Concept of a methodical process for the design of concentrating photovoltaic systems according to the context of use
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Concentrating Photo Voltaic (CPV) systems maximize energy harvested from the sun with multi-junction solar cells of less area, reducing related implementation costs and reaching energy production thresholds up to 38,9 %. Nowadays, CPV systems are generally implemented in solar energy farms in a permanent location, however, these systems could be used in other dynamic contexts, such as vehicles or portable devices. In this way, mechanical and geometrical parameters related to manipulation, transportation and installation should be carefully considered at the design stage. Besides, each condition of use presents different variables affecting these parameters. In all, there is not an established architecture for these systems, opening up the possibility of radically changing their use, geometry and components. Therefore, a concept of a methodical process for designing of CPV systems is proposed in order to predict their behavior in terms of implementation and energy production. This might allow the development of robust concepts that can be adapted to different context of use as required, providing an itinerant character and thus extending the field of implementation of these systems beyond a static use.

The relevant variables for the use of CPV systems are determined through experimentation considering the implementation of Fresnel lenses as light concentrators. This allows generating a structured design guide composed of different methods of measurement, selection and development. The methodical process is based on a perspective of functional modules considering needs, technical aspects and particular usage conditions of each design and it would provide appropriate guidelines in each circumstance.
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David González-Correa, Gilberto Osorio-Gómez, Ricardo Mejía-Gutiérrez, "Concept of a methodical process for the design of concentrating photovoltaic systems according to the context of use", Proc. SPIE 9937, Next Generation Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion VII, 99370O (23 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237209; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2237209
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