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Mirror symmetrical dielectric totally internally reflecting concentrator for building integrated photovoltaic systems.

Muhammad-Sukki, Firdaus; Abu-Bakar, Siti Hawa; Ramirez-Iniguez, Roberto; McMeekin, Scott G.; Stewart, Brian G.; Sarmah, Nabin; Mallick, Tapas Kumar; Munir, Abu Bakar; Yasin, Siti Hajar Mohd; Rahim, Ruzairi Abdul

Authors

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar

Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez

Scott G. McMeekin

Brian G. Stewart

Nabin Sarmah

Tapas Kumar Mallick

Abu Bakar Munir

Siti Hajar Mohd Yasin

Ruzairi Abdul Rahim



Abstract

This paper describes a novel type of solar concentrator - a mirror symmetrical dielectric totally internally reflecting concentrator (MSDTIRC). This new concentrator type has been designed to satisfy the following objectives: (i) to provide optimum gain in two different planes, therefore increasing the electrical output of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, and (ii) to reduce the amount of the PV cell material needed, hence minimising the cost of the system. The concentrator is capable of having two different acceptance angles on different planes. The procedure of designing an MSDTIRC is explained and the geometrical properties are analysed in detail. In addition, the optical concentration gain is presented for various angles of incidence. Through simulation results, it is demonstrated that the MSDTIRC provides significant optical concentration gain within its acceptance angle, as high as 13.54{D7} when compared with non-concentrating solar cell. It can be concluded that the MSDTIRC can be a way to produce a low cost solar PV system and can be chosen as an alternative design for the BIPV systems

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Applied energy
Print ISSN 0306-2619
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 113
Pages 32-40
Institution Citation MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F., ABU-BAKAR, S.H., RAMIREZ-INIGUEZ, R., MCMEEKIN, S.G., STEWART, B.G., SARMAH, N., MALLICK, T.K., MUNIR, A.B., YASIN, S.H.M. and RAHIM, R.A. 2014. Mirror symmetrical dielectric totally internally reflecting concentrator for building integrated photovoltaic systems. Applied energy [online], 113, pages 32-40. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.07.010
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.07.010
Keywords Solar photovoltaic; Solar concentrator; Mirror symmetrical dielectric totally internally reflecting concentrator

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