VENTANA TM Power Train Features and Performance


Most CPV systems are based on Fresnel lenses. Among these, LPI-patented Fresnel-Köhler (FK) concentrator outstands owing to performance and practical reasons. The Ventana{trade mark, serif} power train is the first off-the-shelf commercial product based on the FK and comprises both the primary (POE) lenses (a 36-units 1×1 m2 acrylic panel) and glass (or silica glass) secondary optics (SOE). This high concentration optical train (Cg =1,024×, ∼250mm optical depth) fits with 5×5 mm2 (at least) solar cells. The optical train is the fruit of a 1-year development that has included design, modeling, prototyping and characterization, and through the process we had the opportunity to find out how well the actual performance correlates with models, but also learned practical aspects of a CPV system of this kind, some of which have very positive impact on system performance and reliability

Published in: 
9th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems Miyazaki, Japan. 23099 (Poster Session 2 P38)
Publication date: 
April 2013
CeDInt Authors: 
Other Authors: 
G. Biot, J. Chaves, J. Vilaplana