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Alexandre Pereira, Loïc Dargent, Géraldine Lorin, Wilfrid Schwartz, Thierry Baffie, Christophe Mangeant, Mathieu Mariotto, Jean-Edouard de Salins and Guillaume Vives Electro-optical study of a ×1024 concentrator photovoltaic system Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 22

Article first published online: 27 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2271

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This paper presents a study of ×1024 concentrator photovoltaic system performances and a methodology for estimating the optical chain efficiency, the cell temperature impact and the alignment requirements. Module efficiencies were measured as a function of the cell temperature and correlated to optical performances through current-tension characterizations under real solar illumination conditions. The system yield was up to 27% for a cell temperature around 30°C, confirming that high concentration ratio should be of great interest in the near future.

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