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Novel optical concentrator technology for building integrated photovoltaic systems.

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


Siti Hawa Abu-Bakar

Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki

Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez

Daria Freier

Tapas Kumar Mallick

Abu Bakar Munir

Siti Hajar Mohd Yasin

Abdullahi Abubakar Mas'ud

Nurul Aini Bani


This paper describes a novel type of solar concentrator for use in Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems. The new design called rotationally asymmetrical compound parabolic concentrator (RACPC) is based on a novel algorithm that caters for the variation of the position of the sun throughout the day and throughout the year. The RACPC is designed to tackle the following issues: (i) to increase the electrical output of a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system by providing sufficient concentration gain; (ii) to minimise the usage of the PV material with the corresponding reduction of CPV system cost, and (iii) to eliminate the requirement of mechanical tracking by providing a wide field-of-view. The experimental results presented here indicate that the RACPC increases the short circuit current by 3.01x when compared with a bare solar cell.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Jun 24, 2016
Publication Date Jun 24, 2016
Institution Citation ABU-BAKAR, S.H., MUHAMMAD-SUKKI, F., RAMIREZ-INIGUEZ, R., FREIER, D., MALLICK, T.K., MUNIR, A.B., YASIN, S.H.M., MAS'UD, A.A. and BANI, N.A. 2016. Novel optical concentrator technology for building integrated photovoltaic systems. Presented at the 2016 World conference on innovation, engineering and technology (IET2016), 24-26 June 2016, Sapporo, Japan.
Keywords Solar energy; Solar concentrator; Rotationally asymmetrical compound parabolic concentrator


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