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Using static concentrator technology to achieve global energy goal.

Alamoudi, Abdullah; Saaduddin, Syed Muhammad; Munir, Abu Bakar; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Abu-Bakar, Siti Hawa; Yasin, Siti Hajar Mohd; Karim, Ridoan; Bani, Nurul Aini; Mas’ud, Abdullahi Abubakar; Ardila-Rey, Jorge Alfredo; Prabhu, Radhakrishna; Sellami, Nazmi

Authors

Abdullah Alamoudi

Syed Muhammad Saaduddin

Abu Bakar Munir

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar

Siti Hajar Mohd Yasin

Ridoan Karim

Nurul Aini Bani

Abdullahi Abubakar Mas’ud

Jorge Alfredo Ardila-Rey

Radhakrishna Prabhu

Nazmi Sellami

Abstract

Solar energy has demonstrated promising prospects in satisfying energy requirements, specifically through solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. Despite that, the cost of installation is deemed as the main hurdle to the widespread uptake of solar PV systems due to the use of expensive PV material in the module. At this point, we argue that a reduction in PV cost could be achieved through the usage of concentrator—which are commonly produced from polymers. A solar concentrator is a type of lens that is capable of increasing the collection of sun rays and focusing them onto a lesser PV area. The cost of the solar module could then be reduced on the assumption that the cost of introducing the solar concentrator in the solar module design is much lower than the cost of the removed PV material. Static concentrators, in particular, have great promise due to their ability to be integrated at any place of the building, usually on the building facade, windows and roof, due to their low geometrical concentration. This paper provides a historic context on the development of solar concentrators and showcases the latest technological development in static photovoltaic concentrators including non-imaging compound parabolic concentrator, V-trough, luminescent solar concentrator and quantum dot concentrator. We anticipated that the static low concentrating PV (LCPV) system could serve to enhance the penetration of PV technology in the long run to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7—to open an avenue to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Journal Sustainability
Electronic ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 11
Article Number 3056
Institution Citation ALAMOUDI, A., SAADUDDIN, S.M., MUNIR, A.B., MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F., ABU-BAKAR, S.H., YASIN, S.H.M., KARIM, R., BANI, N.A., MAS'UD, A.A., ARDILA-REY, J.A., PRABHU, R. and SELLAMI, N. 2019. Using static concentrator technology to achieve global energy goal. Sustainability [online], 11(11), article ID 3056. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3390/su11113056
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su11113056
Keywords Solar energy; Solar photovoltaic; Solar concentrator; Energy

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