Special Section on High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications

Special Section Guest Editorial: Guest Editorial: High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications

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Kaitlyn VanSant

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401

J. Photon. Energy. 2(1), 021899 (Dec 14, 2012). doi:10.1117/1.JPE.2.021899
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Concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) technology includes a diverse array of module and system designs that vary according to the geometry, concentration ratio, and the types of cells and optics used. Research and development (R&D) in CPV is active and highly inventive, resulting in both the highest efficiency solar cells and modules currently available across the PV industry (Solar Junction’s triple junction GaAs-based cell: 43.5%; Semprius’ CPV module: 33.9%). Despite extremely challenging market conditions, CPV installations have recently flourished, and researchers are avidly pursuing new applications. This special section in the Journal of Photonics for Energy provides insight into some of the new and exciting areas of CPV R&D and conveys the extraordinary level of innovation underway in today’s CPV community.

© 2012 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

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Kaitlyn VanSant
"Special Section Guest Editorial: Guest Editorial: High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications", J. Photon. Energy. 2(1), 021899 (Dec 14, 2012). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JPE.2.021899


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