Scientific Results

Optical test procedures for solar components

Year: 2014

Authors: Fontani D., Coraggia S., Francini F., Jafrancesco D., Mercatelli L., Sani E., Sansoni P.

Autors Affiliation: CNR-INO National Institute of Optics, Largo E. Fermi, 6 – Firenze – 50125 – Italy

Abstract: Optical characterization of solar concentrators is of crucial importance for main two reasons: to compare the measured values of optical features to the nominal values pertaining to the optical design; to verify the homogeneity of collector production, comparing the optical features among the different samples corresponding to the same design. Measurement configurations and standardized procedures were developed to optically characterize solar components of various shapes, dimensions and collection characteristics. This laboratory characterization involves collection efficiency assessment, image palne analysis, angle dependence studies and image size measurements. As example, the paper presents the optical characterization of prototypes of collectors designed to concentrate sunlight on photovoltaic cells.

Conference title: 2014 Fotonica AEIT Italian Conference on Photonics Technologies
Place: Naples Italy May 12-14 2014

KeyWords: Characterization; Optical design; Photovoltaic cells; Solar energy; Testing, Angle dependence; Collection efficiency; Measurement configuration; Optical characterization; Optical features; Photovoltaic; Size measurements; Standardized procedure, Optical testing
DOI: 10.1109/Fotonica.2014.6843912

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