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A simple ray tracer to compute the optical concentration of photovoltaic modules

McIntosh, Keith; Swanson, Richard M; Cotter, Jeffrey E


In a conventional photovoltaic module, some light that falls between the solar cells is internally reflected onto the cells via the backsheet and the glass-air interface of the module; thus, a module can be considered a static concentrator. We present a simple ray tracer that computes a module's optical concentration as a function of cell separation, cell geometry, and the optical properties of the encapsulants. The ray tracer's primary simplification is to divide the module's backsheet into...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
DOI: 10.1002/pip.647


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