First demonstration of multi-junction receivers in a grid-connected concentrator module

Raed A. Sherif, Steve Kusek, Herb Hayden, Richard King, Hector L. Cotal, Jeff Peacock, Michael Caraway, Nasser H. Karam

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Abstract

This paper discusses the approach taken by Concentrating Technologies (CT), Spectrolab, and Arizona Public Service (APS) to demonstrate a High Concentration Photovoltaic (HCPV) module using Spectrolab's GaInP/GaInAs/Ge triple-junction solar cells. This module is currently connected to an inverter, feeding electricity into the grid at the Solar Test & Research (STAR) facility of APS in Tempe, AZ. Although the module output is small, under 1kW AC, it is the world's first demonstration of a grid-connected utility module using the same triple-junction solar cell technology that have been used to power satellites and other spacecrafts. This paper also discusses the next steps required to increase module efficiency and enhance its reliability. The economics of the MJ receivers in the context of this module are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Pages635-638
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event31st IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - 2005 - Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
Duration: Jan 3 2005Jan 7 2005

Other

Other31st IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - 2005
CountryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista, FL
Period1/3/051/7/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Sherif, R. A., Kusek, S., Hayden, H., King, R., Cotal, H. L., Peacock, J., Caraway, M., & Karam, N. H. (2005). First demonstration of multi-junction receivers in a grid-connected concentrator module. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (pp. 635-638)