Novel nonimaging solar concentrator for portable solar systems for developing countries

Daria Freier, Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez, Carlos Gamio, Tahseen Jafry, Firdaus Muhammad Sukki

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    Abstract

    Portable solar chargers have been gaining popularity as a new technology to help increase electrification in rural areas in developing countries. It is a fast developing industry aiming to produce a low-cost solution for the application of off-grid solar lighting and charging of small devices to be used by the poorest
    and most vulnerable of society. Solar concentrators are proposed as an add-on to help further reduce costs, to increase light-output hours and to reduce charging time. So far, no suitable concentrator designs have been proposed. This paper
    presents a novel concept for the design of a static nonimaging concentrator, suitable for portable solar systems for developing countries. The novel concentrator design is compared with existing concentrators and its suitability for portable solar chargers, as well as its potential for further improvement, are
    highlighted.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 IEEE PES PowerAfrica
    Place of Publication9781509047475
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages307-310
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509047468
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2017

    Keywords

    • concentrated portable solar systems
    • rural electrification
    • solar chargers
    • solar power

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