Analysis of energy production of Spectrolab multijunction solar cells in field conditions

R. K. Jones, R. R. King, C. M. Fetzer, J. H. Ermer, K. M. Edmondson, P. Hebert

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Abstract

Multijunction solar cells used in concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems deliver solar power at low cost in high DNI climates where the solar resource is greatest. Because the cells subdivide the solar spectrum and are used with optical systems of varying spectral response, careful evaluation and optimization of cell performance under real field conditions is important. This paper presents modeled performance of the latest generation Spectrolab cells in systems with PMMA and silicone-on-glass optics, using a simple cell temperature model, TMY3 data, and the SMARTS spectral irradiance model. Results show that the improved efficiency of C4P5 cells compared to the lattice-matched C3P5 cells is more pronounced in systems with PMMA optics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgram - 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012
Pages2065-2070
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2012
Event38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 3 2012Jun 8 2012

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Other

Other38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period6/3/126/8/12

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Keywords

  • energy harvesting
  • photovoltaic cells
  • photovoltaic systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Jones, R. K., King, R. R., Fetzer, C. M., Ermer, J. H., Edmondson, K. M., & Hebert, P. (2012). Analysis of energy production of Spectrolab multijunction solar cells in field conditions. In Program - 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012 (pp. 2065-2070). [6318005] (Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference). https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2012.6318005