Design and Analysis of a Novel Concentrated Photovoltaic - Thermal Receiver Concept
M. Hangweirer, R. Höller, H. Schneider - Design and Analysis of a Novel Concentrated Photovoltaic - Thermal Receiver Concept - JAPANESE JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS PART 1-REGULAR PAPERS SHORT NOTES & REV IEW PAPERS, Vol. 54, No. 8, 2015, pp. 1-8
Solar concentrators, which focus the sunlight on a small surface of solar cells, are a promising way of reducing expensive semi-conductor area and thus also the energy generation costs of photovoltaics. This paper presents the design and the analysis of a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) receiver for a linear Fresnel concentrator mirror module. The receiver is designed as hybrid concentrated photovoltaic - thermal (CPV-T) receiver, which enables simultaneous generation of power and heat in one compact receiver. Spectral splitting with selective absorptive media and thermal decoupling of heat carrier and solar cells improves the electrical efficiency. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations of various receiver-setups result in an electrical efficiency of the receiver up to 6.2% and a thermal efficiency of up to 61.2% at a specific selected operating design point. 62% of the wavelengths of the incoming solar spectrum between 500 to 1100 nm hit the solar cells.