Small-volume fabrication of a 144-cell assembly for high-concentrating photovoltaic receivers
Fernandez, Eduardo F.
Mallick, Tapas K.
Journal of Solar Energy Engineering
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Reason for embargo
Under temporary embargo. The final version is available from ASME via the DOI in this record.
The Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) market is gaining attention worldwide but a lack of information on the module’s manufacturing is registered. The present work describes the challenges faced to fabricate a densely packed cell assembly for 500× CPV applications. The reasons behind the choice of components, material and processes are highlighted and all the solutions applied to overtake the problems appeared after the prototype’s production are reported. The article explains all the stages required to achieve a successful fabrication, proved by the results of quality tests and experimental investigations conducted on the prototype. A cost breakdown is reported and commented.
Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Published online February 2016