Optimizing the packing density of building integrated concentrating photovoltaic systems for improved performance and reduced embodied carbon through a novel polygonal concentrator

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Abstract

Low packing density can influence the performance and embodied energy of building integrated concentrating photovoltaic systems. This paper discusses the software development and optical characterisation of a new family of static low concentrating photovoltaic technology, called hexagonal concentrator (3D Hex). This novel device can improve the packing density of static low concentrating photovoltaic systems by 90.5% when compared to two 3D conventional concentrators. This promises improved performance, reduced module area and lower embodied carbon. The optical analysis shows that the proposed novel design has an optical gain of 3.0, optical efficiency of 91.6% and a maximum half-acceptance angle of +/-20°.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 IEEE 50th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
Place of PublicationSan Juan, PR, USA
PublisherIEEE
Pages1-3
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781665460590
ISBN (Print)9781665460606
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Dec 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Keywords

  • photovoltaic systems
  • performance evaluation
  • three-dimensional displays
  • optical design
  • optical device fabrication
  • buildings
  • carbon dioxide
  • efficiency
  • low packaging density
  • 3D Hexagonal concentrator
  • embodied energy
  • low concentrating photovoltaic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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