Freeform Fresnel RXI-RR Köhler design with spectrum-splitting for photovoltaics


The development of a novel optical design for the high concentration photovoltaics (HPCV) nonimaging concentrator (>500x) that utilizes a built-in spectrum splitting concept is presented. The primary optical element (POE) is a flat Fresnel lens and the secondary optical element (SOE) is a free-form RXI-type concentrator with a band-pass filter embedded in it. The POE and SOE perform Köhler integration to produce light homogenization on the receiver. The system uses a combination of a commercial concentration GaInP/GaInAs/Ge 3J cell and a concentration Back-PointContact (BPC) silicon cell for efficient spectral utilization, and an external confinement technique for recovering the 3J cell’s reflection. A design target of an “equivalent” cell efficiency ~46% is predicted using commercial 39% 3J and 26% Si cells. A projected CPV module efficiency of greater than 38% is achievable at a concentration level greater than 500X with a wide acceptance angle of ±1º. A first proof-of concept receiver prototype has been manufactured using a simpler optical architecture (with a lower concentration, ~100x and lower simulated added efficiency), and experimental measurements have shown up to 39.8% 4J receiver efficiency using a 3J cell with a peak efficiency of 36.9%

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Optical Design and Engineering IV Marsella, Francia. Proceedings SPIE Vol. 8167
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September 2011
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Y. Sun, W. Falicoff, J. Vilaplana, J. Chaves, G. Biot, J. López