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Experimental characterisation of an asymmetric compound parabolic photovoltaic concentrator designed for building integration in the UK

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Mallick, T, Eames, PC, Hyde, T and Norton, B (2004) Experimental characterisation of an asymmetric compound parabolic photovoltaic concentrator designed for building integration in the UK. International Journal of Ambient Energy, 25 (2). pp. 85-96. [Journal article]

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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 (54°36'N, 5°37'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. The 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 with a similar non-concentrating PV panel of identical cell area.

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:10729
Deposited By:Dr Trevor Hyde
Deposited On:29 Mar 2010 09:32
Last Modified:29 Mar 2010 09:32

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