Improving the packing efficiency of building integrated concentrating photovoltaic systems through a novel hexagonal concentrator

Lewis Osikibo Tamuno-Ibuomi*, Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez, A. Sheila Holmes-Smith, Geraint Bevan

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Abstract

Building Integrated Concentrating Photovoltaic systems have the potential of helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming as they can be designed not only to generate electricity but also to improve energy efficiency in buildings. These systems can incorporate static low concentration optics and PV cells within double glazed windows, skylights, and double skin facades. This paper addresses the issue of low packing density of solar concentrators used in low concentrating photovoltaic systems and proposes a novel 3-D hexagonal concentrator which offers 89.4% theoretical packing efficiency, which is 16.2% and 21.8% higher than the theoretical packing efficiencies of the circular and elliptical concentrators respectfully, the alternative 3-D concentrators discussed in this study.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 57th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC)
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665455053
ISBN (Print)9781665455060
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2022
Event57th International Universities Power Engineering Conference - Istanbul , Turkey
Duration: 30 Aug 20222 Sep 2022
https://upec2022.khas.edu.tr/

Publication series

Name2022 57th International Universities Power Engineering Conference: Big Data and Smart Grids, UPEC 2022 - Proceedings

Conference

Conference57th International Universities Power Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleUPEC 2022
Country/TerritoryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period30/08/222/09/22
Internet address

Keywords

  • 3-D
  • efficiency
  • hexagonal concentrator
  • low concentrating photovoltaic
  • packing density

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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