Design and characterization of refractive secondary optical elements for a point-focus Fresnel lens-based high CPV system
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Point-focus Fresnel lens-based High Concentrator Photovoltaic (HCPV) systems are usually equipped with refractive secondary optical elements (SOE) in order to improve their performance. Two basic SOE designs are optically modeled and simulated in this work: Domed-Kaleidoscope (D-K) with breaking-symmetry top and SILO (SIngle-Lens-Optical element). Wavelength-dependent optical material properties like refractive index and absorption coefficient, as well as the spectral response of a typical triple-junction (TJ) solar cell, are included in the ray tracing simulations. Moreover, using a CPV Solar Simulator "Helios 3198", both HCPV units are experimentally characterized. The acceptance angle characteristics of both HCPV units, obtained through optical simulations and through indoor characterization, are compared. The acceptance angle characteristic is better for the HCPV unit with the D-K SOE both in simulations and in experimental measurements, showing concordance between simulation and experiment. However, simulation results underestimate the experimental ones concerning the acceptance angle, which will be investigated in future works.
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Spanish Economy Ministry (ENE2013-45242-R and ENE2016-78251-R); Universidad de Jaén (UJA) and Caja Rural de Jaén (UJA2015/07/01). Financial support provided by the Universidad de Jaén Doctoral School. The authors also thank Lambda Research Corporation for its donation of TracePro optical software.
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Vol. 1881 (1), article 030003