Concentrating the sun

Jerry R. Kukulka, Richard King, Nasser H. Karam

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Abstract

Researchers worldwide are searching for a new way to raise efficiencies of solar energy. One technique uses concentrated photovoltaic collector technology (CPV). The multijunction concentrator solar cells used in CPV are based on III-V semiconductors, which is the GaInP/GaInAs/Ge cell. The CPV systems use relatively small quantities of cells inside a larger optical system that tracks the sun. Although it has disadvantage of requiring large areas of real estate, it has showed promise for high-efficiency, low-cost power generation. This device can convert more than 40% of the sun's energy into electrical energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalPhotonics Spectra
Volume42
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Kukulka, J. R., King, R., & Karam, N. H. (2008). Concentrating the sun. Photonics Spectra, 42(10), 125-127.

Concentrating the sun. / Kukulka, Jerry R.; King, Richard; Karam, Nasser H.

In: Photonics Spectra, Vol. 42, No. 10, 10.2008, p. 125-127.

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Kukulka, JR, King, R & Karam, NH 2008, 'Concentrating the sun', Photonics Spectra, vol. 42, no. 10, pp. 125-127.
Kukulka JR, King R, Karam NH. Concentrating the sun. Photonics Spectra. 2008 Oct;42(10):125-127.
Kukulka, Jerry R. ; King, Richard ; Karam, Nasser H. / Concentrating the sun. In: Photonics Spectra. 2008 ; Vol. 42, No. 10. pp. 125-127.
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