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The design and experimental characterisation of an asymmetric compound parabolic photovoltaic concentrator for building facade integration in the UK

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Mallick, TK, Eames, PC, Hyde, Trevor and Norton, B (2004) The design and experimental characterisation of an asymmetric compound parabolic photovoltaic concentrator for building facade integration in the UK. SOLAR ENERGY, 77 (3). pp. 319-327. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2004.05.015

Abstract

A novel non-imaging asymmetric compound parabolic photovoltaic concentrator (ACPPVC) has been designed, constructed and experimentally characterised at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland (54degrees36'N, 5degrees37'W). Different numbers of PV strings connected in series were experimentally characterised under outdoor conditions both with and without concentrators. Transient I-V curves for each set of parameter data points were determined and the maximum power generation, fill factor and efficiency of the system calculated for each individual I-V curve. Experiments showed that the use of an ACPPVC increased the maximum power point by 62% (i.e. the power by a factor of 1.62) when compared to a similar non-concentrating PV panel. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
ID Code:10097
Deposited By:Dr Trevor Hyde
Deposited On:29 Jan 2010 14:39
Last Modified:29 Jan 2010 14:39

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