REhnu dish based CPV: Performance and reliability improvements based on a year of field experience
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Steward Observ Solar Lab
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PublisherAMER INST PHYSICS
CitationAIP Conference Proceedings 2012, 020004 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5053492
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AbstractREhnu has now built up a year of experience operating two M-8 CPV generators with dish-receiver architecture described in Stalcup et al. 2017 . The M-8 generators use 8 primary collector mirrors made of back-silvered low-iron glass, 1.65 m square with a 1.5 m focal length. Small sealed receivers at each dish focus house 36 Solar Junction 3J cells operating at 950× concentration. Over the year of operation, a good measure of output power vs DNI and atmospheric conditions has been obtained. The efficiency varies through the day depending on air mass. The system is currently best matched to the solar spectrum at air mass 2. The daily peak CSTC efficiency averages 31%, with seasonal variation of ±1% through the year, peaking at 32% in August. Several improvements were made over the year to ensure reliability and to improve optical throughput. A dry air purging system has mitigated damage to the cells from moisture. Material upgrades to secondary reflectors in the receiver have resolved a runaway failure mode that went previously undetected due to inadequate testing time.
Note12 month embargo; published online: 10 September 2018
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