Performance analysis of a reflective 3D crossed compound parabolic concentrating photovoltaic system for building façade integration
Article first published online: 25 APR 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
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Mammo, E. D., Sellami, N. and Mallick, T. K. (2012), Performance analysis of a reflective 3D crossed compound parabolic concentrating photovoltaic system for building façade integration. Prog. Photovolt: Res. Appl.. doi: 10.1002/pip.2211
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 9 FEB 2012
- Manuscript Received: 26 JUL 2011
A reflective 3D crossed compound parabolic-based photovoltaic module (3D CCPC PV) was designed and its electrical and optical performance was analyzed for building integrated photovoltaic applications. A maximum power concentration of 3.0× was achieved compared to similar type of non-concentrating module. The reduction of the concentration factor from the geometrical concentration of 3.61× for the designed 3D CCPC were due to manufacturing errors, mismatch losses, series resistance losses, and thermal loses. The experimental output was validated by developing a MATLAB simulation code for its electrical performance. Good agreements were observed between experimental and electrical simulation with maximum electrical conversion efficiency of the concentrating system of 14%. The experimental characterization of the optical efficiency was found to show a deviation of 19.4% from the 3D ray tracing simulation efficiency of 94.6% for direct incidence. This deviation is mainly due to the fact that 3D ray tracing simulation does not take the non-uniform illumination distribution into account. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.