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Optical component analysis for ultrahigh concentrated photovoltaic system (UHCPV)

Alzahrani, Mussad; Ahmed, Asmaa; Shanks, Katie; Sundaram, Senthilarasu; Mallick, Tapas


Mussad Alzahrani

Asmaa Ahmed

Katie Shanks

Tapas Mallick


This article investigates the discrepancy between the theoretical and the experimental optical characterisation results of a Fresnel Lens - silicon on glass (SOG), as a primary optical component toward UHCPV of >3000 suns design (Shanks et al., 2018). All the equations were elaborated for single- and multi-junction solar cells, emphasising the performance when the focal spot area is larger or lesser than the solar cell area. This simple prediction approach of optical characterisation has shown a strong agreement between the theoretical and experimental results of the multi-junction solar cell with a discrepancy of 2% at 7.7 W (77 suns) and 6% on the average cross a solar irradiance on the cell from 3.1 W to 7.7 W corresponding to 31 suns – 77 suns in concentration ratio. A theoretical analysis of the optical performance for a 1/4 of the system grouping three optical interfaces is performed to estimate the optical loss and its influence on the optical efficiency and optical concentration ratio.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 7, 2021
Online Publication Date Sep 16, 2021
Publication Date 2021-10
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2023
Journal Solar Energy
Print ISSN 0038-092X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 227
Pages 321-333