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Solar simulator for concentrator photovoltaic systems

Instituto de Energía Solar, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETSI Telecomunicación, Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain.
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.53). 10/2008; 16(19):14894-901. DOI: 10.1364/OE.16.014894
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ABSTRACT A solar simulator for measuring performance of large area concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) modules is presented. Its illumination system is based on a Xenon flash light and a large area collimator mirror, which simulates natural sun light. Quality requirements imposed by the CPV systems have been characterized: irradiance level and uniformity at the receiver, light collimation and spectral distribution. The simulator allows indoor fast and cost-effective performance characterization and classification of CPV systems at the production line as well as module rating carried out by laboratories.

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