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Performance analysis of a novel rotationally asymmetrical compound parabolic concentrator.

Abu-Bakar, Siti Hawa; Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Freier, Daria; Ramirez-Iniguez, Roberto; Mallick, Tapas Kumar; Munir, Abu Bakar; Yasin, Siti Hajar Mohd; Mas'ud, Abdullahi Abubakar; Yunus, Norhidayah Md


Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

Daria Freier

Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez

Tapas Kumar Mallick

Abu Bakar Munir

Siti Hajar Mohd Yasin

Abdullahi Abubakar Mas'ud

Norhidayah Md Yunus


The low-concentration photovoltaic (LCPV) system has been identified as one of the potential solutions in lowering the overall installation cost of a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system. This paper evaluates the performance of a novel type of LCPV concentrator known as the rotationally asymmetrical compound parabolic concentrator (RACPC). A specific RACPC design with a geometrical concentration ratio of 3.6675× was fabricated and integrated with a 1. cm by 1. cm monocrystalline laser grooved buried contact silicon solar cell. This design was tested indoors to evaluate its current-voltage (. I-. V), angular response and thermal characteristics. Under standard test conditions, it was found that the RACPC increases the short circuit current by 3.01× and the maximum power by 3.33× when compared with a bare solar cell. The opto-electronic gain from the experiment showed good agreement when compared with the simulation results, with a deviation of 11%.


ABU-BAKAR, S.H., MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F., FREIER, D., RAMIREZ-INIGUEZ, R., MALLICK, T.K., MUNIR, A.B., YASIN, S.H.M., MAS'UD, A.A. and YUNUS, N.M. 2015. Performance analysis of a novel rotationally asymmetrical compound parabolic concentrator. Applied energy [online], 154, pages 221-231. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2015
Online Publication Date May 16, 2015
Publication Date Sep 15, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 12, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 17, 2016
Journal Applied energy
Print ISSN 0306-2619
Electronic ISSN 1872-9118
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 154
Pages 221-231
Keywords Solar photovoltaic; Solar concentrator; Rotationally asymmetrical compound parabolic concentrator
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