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Evaluation of concentrating photovoltaic performance under different homogeniser materials

Al Siyabi, Idris; Shanks, Katie; Khanna, Sourav; Mallick, Tapas K.; Sundaram, Senthilarasu

Authors

Idris Al Siyabi

Katie Shanks

Sourav Khanna

Tapas K. Mallick



Abstract

In concentrating photovoltaic (CPV), increasing the incoming sunlight to the solar cell influences the performance of the solar cells. The optical efficiency of the CPV components is a key factor to improve the electrical efficiency. Two types of homogeniser materials (K9 glass and crystal resin) were investigated in the CPV application. The results show a higher power generation of the CPV module when using K9 glass homogeniser compared to the crystal resin homogeniser by 27% due to the high transmittance value of the K9 glass material. In addition, the K9 glass material shows an excellent resistance to the heat produced by the concentrated sunlight compared to the crystal resin material.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 22, 2019
Online Publication Date Jan 30, 2019
Publication Date Apr 15, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 13, 2023
Print ISSN 0167-577X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 241
Pages 219-222
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2019.01.129
Keywords Optical materials and properties, Homogeniser optics, Concentrator photovoltaics, K9 glass, I-V characteristics