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The Assembly of Embedded Systems for Integrated Photovoltaic windows in Rural Buildings (E-IPB)

Shanks, K; Baig, Hasan; Knowles, Ashley; Brierley, Adam; Orr, Henry; Patel, Jayesh; Foster, Neil; Ball, Stephen; Sun, Yanyi; Wu, Yupeng; Senthilarasu, Sundaram; Mallick, Tapas


K Shanks

Hasan Baig

Ashley Knowles

Adam Brierley

Henry Orr

Jayesh Patel

Neil Foster

Stephen Ball

Yanyi Sun

Yupeng Wu

Tapas Mallick


Embedded PV systems are required to help improve the synergy of renewable energy and smart buildings. A novel concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) system embedded as a window for integration into buildings is presented. The system is made up of crossed compound parabolic concentrators (CCPC), Talesun Silicon solar cells and glass panes. The materials and manufacturing methods are presented along with their advantages and disidvantages. Two sized prototypes are presented, 7cm by 7cm and 20cm by 20cm. The maximum power obtained was 3.53 Watts for the larger prototype. The glass CCPC optics produce more power but plastic alternatives are only 44% the weight of the glass optics. The best performing plastic optics were made of Topaz and injection moulded. The cell soldering and alignment method is explored and in particular silver tracks printed on glass are analysed for their resistance, aesthetics and benefit to the assembly process. Using plastic optics for CPV technology is a relatively new area of research, and the combination of silver tracks printed on glass could make this innovative design revolutionary in its field.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name 9th edition of the international SOLARIS conference
Start Date Aug 30, 2018
End Date Aug 31, 2018
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date Mar 10, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 10, 2023
Publisher IOP Publishing
Volume 556
Pages 012040
Series Title IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Series Number 556
Book Title IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering


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