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See detailSpectral splitting planar solar concentrator : Design and Experimental testing Preliminary results
Blain, Pascal ULg; Michel, Céline ULg; Clermont, Lionel ULg et al

in Proceedings of SPIE (2014, May 15), 9140

We present a new concept in solar concentrator: spectral splitting. It implies reflective, refractive and diffractive elements that allow two spectrally differentiated beams to reach different and/or ... [more ▼]

We present a new concept in solar concentrator: spectral splitting. It implies reflective, refractive and diffractive elements that allow two spectrally differentiated beams to reach different and/or unmatched lattice solar cells. Those cells efficiencies are then enhanced. The aimed geometrical concentration factor is 5× and the theoretical optical efficiency of that concentrator concept reaches 82%. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical study of a solar concentrator for space applications based on a diffractive/refractive optical combination
Michel, Céline ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg; Languy, Fabian ULg et al

in Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells (2014), 120PA

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator for space applications. The concentrator focuses light onto two spatially separated photovoltaic cells, allowing for independent control of ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator for space applications. The concentrator focuses light onto two spatially separated photovoltaic cells, allowing for independent control of the output power of each cell. Thanks to a blazed diffraction grating superimposed on a Fresnel lens, advantages of both spectral splitting and light focusing can be combined. The theoretical model of the optical design is presented, with the optimization of either element. Moreover, configuration improvement is proposed: a symmetrical configuration composed of two lenses. First numerical results are presented, highlighting the possibility to design a concentrator at about 10× for each cell, with an optical efficiency of about 75% and less than 10% of losses for tracking errors lower than ±0.9°. [less ▲]

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See detailNonimaging achromatic shaped Fresnel lenses for ultrahigh solar concentration
Languy, Fabian ULg; Habraken, Serge ULg

in Optics Letters (2013), 38(10), 1730-1732

The maximum concentration ratio achievable with a solar concentrator made of a single refractive primary optics is much more limited by the chromatic aberration than by any other aberration. Therefore ... [more ▼]

The maximum concentration ratio achievable with a solar concentrator made of a single refractive primary optics is much more limited by the chromatic aberration than by any other aberration. Therefore achromatic doublets made with poly(methyl methacrylate) and polycarbonate are of great interest to enhance the concentration ratio and to achieve a spectrally uniform flux on the receiver. In this Letter, shaped achromatic Fresnel lenses are investigated. One lossless design is of high interest since it provides spectrally and spatially uniform flux without being affected by soiling problems. With this design an optical concentration ratio of about 8500× can be achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of a solar concentrator for space based on a diffractive/refractive optical combination
Michel, Céline ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg; Mazzoli, Alexandra ULg et al

Poster (2013, April 16)

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator for space applications focusing on two spatially separated PV cells, allowing independent control of output power of each cell. It has the ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator for space applications focusing on two spatially separated PV cells, allowing independent control of output power of each cell. It has the advantages of both spectral splitting and solar concentration by the combination of a blaze transmission diffraction grating and a flat cylindrical Fresnel lens. An optical optimization has been realized and two variations of configuration have been developed to improve tracking tolerance: first, a design completed by secondary reflective concentrators and second, a symmetrical configuration composed of two lenses. First numerical results are presented, highlighting the possibility to design a concentrator at about 10×, with an electrical output power about 290W/m² lens and less than 10% losses for tracking errors lower than ±0.9°. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of a solar concentrator for space based on a diffractive/refractive optical combination
Michel, Céline ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg; Languy, Fabian ULg et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2013), (1556), 97-100

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator for space applications focusing on two spatially separated PV cells, allowing independent control of output power of each cell. It has the ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator for space applications focusing on two spatially separated PV cells, allowing independent control of output power of each cell. It has the advantages of both spectral splitting and solar concentration by the combination of a blaze transmission diffraction grating and a flat cylindrical Fresnel lens. An optical optimization has been realized and two variations of configuration have been developed to improve tracking tolerance: first, a design completed by secondary reflective concentrators and second, a symmetrical configuration composed of two lenses. First numerical results are presented, highlighting the possibility to design a concentrator at about 10×, with an electrical output power about 290W/m² lens and less than 10% losses for tracking errors lower than ±0.9°. [less ▲]

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See detailAchromatization of nonimaging Fresnel lenses for photovoltaic solar concentration using refractive and diffractive patterns
Languy, Fabian ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

In the field of concentrated photovoltaics, the main disadvantage of lenses compared to mirrors lies in their chromaticity: Snell's law is related to the refractive index which is wavelength dependent ... [more ▼]

In the field of concentrated photovoltaics, the main disadvantage of lenses compared to mirrors lies in their chromaticity: Snell's law is related to the refractive index which is wavelength dependent. Consequently, even for purely collimated beams under normal incidence, the maximum concentration achievable with typical lenses made of PMMA is limited to ~1000×. This maximum value becomes even lower when considering Sun's angular aperture. Since the law of reflection is not wavelength dependent, mirrors can theoretically achieve the thermodynamic limit of concentration which is about 46'000×. This thesis aims at the design and the manufacturing of an achromatic Fresnel lens suitable for photovoltaic solar concentration, i.e. combining high concentration, low production cost and tolerance to manufacturing errors. Firstly, we investigated a hybrid lens made of a refractive lens and a diffractive lens. The investigations showed that the concentration ratio could be multiplied by 4. A full chapter is dedicated to the optimisation of blazed diffraction gratings to finally achieve the design of the diffractive lens. Nevertheless, a bilayer diffractive lens is needed to obtain a high diffraction efficiency which makes the diffractive lens highly sensitive to manufacturing errors and consequently not suitable for photovoltaic solar concentration. Purely refractive achromatic Fresnel doublets were then investigated and several designs were compared. They allow for very high concentration ratios in the case of collimated beams under normal incidence, higher than 100'000×. Therefore, contrary to singlets, Fresnel doublets are much more affected by the angular size of the source than by the chromatic aberration. Moreover, it was shown that they are tolerant to manufacturing error, change of temperature and uncertainty on the refractive index. It emerges from this thesis that the concept of achromatic doublets is a tolerant and low-cost production solution to achieve a highly concentrated white flux. Although bilayer diffractive lenses are not suitable for concentrated photovoltaics, the combination of refractive with diffractive structures seems to be promised to a bright future for spectrum splitting applications, including spectrum splitting for concentrated photovoltaics. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of a solar concentrator for space based on a diffractive/refractive optical combination
Michel, Céline ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg; Languy, Fabian ULg et al

Conference (2012, November 12)

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator at 10× with spectral splitting focusing on two separated PV cells, allowing independent control. Optical elements, blazed diffraction ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a new design of a planar solar concentrator at 10× with spectral splitting focusing on two separated PV cells, allowing independent control. Optical elements, blazed diffraction grating and Fresnel lens, are optimized. [less ▲]

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See detailHybrid Lens for Solar Concentration: Optimization of the Multilayer Diffractive Lens
Languy, Fabian ULg; Habraken, Serge ULg

Poster (2012, November 12)

Manufacture process degrades the ideal shape of multilayer diffractive lens due to draft angle, half radius tool and slope error. We show some shape improvements using an extended scalar theory.

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See detailExperimental Results of Hybrid and Refractive Achromatic Doublets Made of PC and PMMA
Languy, Fabian ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

Conference (2012, November 12)

To combine achromatic system with cost-effective technology, we propose the use or hybride (refractive/diffractive) and refractive doublets Fresnel lenses. These two technologies have been compared ... [more ▼]

To combine achromatic system with cost-effective technology, we propose the use or hybride (refractive/diffractive) and refractive doublets Fresnel lenses. These two technologies have been compared experimentally from an optical point of view [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance of Solmacs, a High PV Solar Concentrator With Efficient Optics
Thibert, Tanguy ULg; Hellin, Marie-Laure ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

in AIP Conference Proceedings, , Volume 1477 (2012, October 05)

A new solar panel with high concentration photovoltaic technology (x700) has been designed, prototyped and tested in the SOLMACS project. The quality of concentrating optics is a key factor for high ... [more ▼]

A new solar panel with high concentration photovoltaic technology (x700) has been designed, prototyped and tested in the SOLMACS project. The quality of concentrating optics is a key factor for high module efficiency. Therefore new dedicated PMMA Fresnel lenses were studied and produced by injection molding. Lens design, material and production process were optimized to achieve a high optical yield of 86%. Thorough lens performance assessment in optical laboratory was completed with lifetime UV aging tests. Another important aspect is the thermal control of the hot spot created under the solar cell that receives the concentrated flux of 700 Suns. A dedicated heat spreader was developed to achieve passive thermal control with minimum mass and cost. This was supported by thermal models and tests at both cell and module level. 35% triple junction cells were implemented in the module. Micro-assembly technologies were used for the cell packaging and electrical connections. In support to the research, a continuous solar simulator was designed and built to assess the system performance, both at component and module level. The concentrator developments were integrated in a prototype and tested both indoor with the simulator and outdoor on the CSL solar test platform. The overall efficiency of the PV concentrator module is 28.5%. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental Results of Flat Fresnel Doublets made of PMMA and PC
Languy, Fabian ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg et al

Conference (2012, April)

To reduce the chromatic aberration lots of imaging systems like cameras and telescopes turn to achromatic doublets. On the other hand, to be cheaper, lighter and thinner, more and more systems like ... [more ▼]

To reduce the chromatic aberration lots of imaging systems like cameras and telescopes turn to achromatic doublets. On the other hand, to be cheaper, lighter and thinner, more and more systems like projectors and headlights use Fresnel lenses. To combine high performances and low cost, the use achromatic Fresnel doublets has been investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance comparison of four kinds of flat nonimaging Fresnel lenses made of polycarbonates and polymethyl methacrylate for concentrated photovoltaics
Languy, Fabian ULg; Habraken, Serge ULg

in Optics Letters (2011), 36(14), 2743-2745

Solar concentrators made of a single refractive primary optics are limited to a concentration ratio of about 1000× [Opt. Express19, A280 (2011)OPEXFF1094-408710.1364/OE.19.00A280], due only to ... [more ▼]

Solar concentrators made of a single refractive primary optics are limited to a concentration ratio of about 1000× [Opt. Express19, A280 (2011)OPEXFF1094-408710.1364/OE.19.00A280], due only to longitudinal chromatic aberration, while mirrors are limited to ∼46,000× by the angular size of the Sun. To reduce the chromatic aberration while keeping cost-effective systems for concentrated photovoltaics, a study of four different kinds of flat Fresnel doublets made of polycarbonates and polymethyl methacrylate is presented. It reveals that Fresnel doublets may have fewer optical losses than non-Fresnel doublets, with a lower lateral chromatic split allowing for even higher concentration ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailFlat Fresnel doublets made of PMMA and PC: combining low cost production and very high concentration ratio for CPV
Languy, Fabian ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg et al

in Optics Express (2011), 19(S3), 280-294

The linear chromatic aberration (LCA) of several combinations of polycarbonates (PCs) and poly (methyl methacrylates) (PMMAs) as singlet, hybrid (refractive/diffractive) lenses and doublets operating with ... [more ▼]

The linear chromatic aberration (LCA) of several combinations of polycarbonates (PCs) and poly (methyl methacrylates) (PMMAs) as singlet, hybrid (refractive/diffractive) lenses and doublets operating with wavelengths between 380 and 1600 nm – corresponding to a typical zone of interest of concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) – are compared. Those comparisons show that the maximum theoretical concentration factor for singlets is limited to about 1000 × at normal incidence and that hybrid lenses and refractive doublets present a smaller LCA increasing the concentration factor up to 5000 × and 2 × 106 respectively. A new achromatization equation more useful than the Abbé equation is also presented. Finally we determined the ideal position of the focal point as a function of the LCA and the geometric concentration which maximizes the flux on the solar cell. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuous Solar Simulator for Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems
Thibert, Tanguy ULg; Hellin, Marie-Laure ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (2010, September)

A continuous solar simulator for measuring performance of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems is presented. The illumination system is based on a Xenon lamp, a homogenizer rod, shaping optics and a ... [more ▼]

A continuous solar simulator for measuring performance of concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems is presented. The illumination system is based on a Xenon lamp, a homogenizer rod, shaping optics and a 30cm diameter collimator. The design optimises the reproduction of the characteristics of direct solar illumination: 32’ divergence, high spatial homogeneity, sun-like spectral distribution, with a maximum intensity of 250W/m². It accommodates pass-band and attenuation filters to tune the beam output. It operates in continuous mode, allowing to investigate CPV thermal aspects as well. The present paper addresses the concept design of the solar simulator and associated performance results. [less ▲]

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See detailAchromatization of solar concentrator using diffractive optics
Languy, Fabian ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

Poster (2009)

Photovoltaic energy suffers from payback time. High solar concentration (above 500 suns) is a very interesting way to reduce production cost. The use of lenses allows more flexibility to make light flux ... [more ▼]

Photovoltaic energy suffers from payback time. High solar concentration (above 500 suns) is a very interesting way to reduce production cost. The use of lenses allows more flexibility to make light flux more uniform. In addition lenses are less prone to errors of manufacture and can be easily duplicated. Unfortunately, optical materials are very dependent on the wavelength which causes important chromatic aberrations. One can think about achromatic doublets but doublets are thick, heavy and require exotic glasses which make them expensive. During the conference, I would like to present an innovative way to achromatize solar concentrators using hybrid (refractive/diffractive) lenses. Indeed, an hybrid lens is as thin as a Fresnel lens and is made in only one glass. But diffractive lenses suffer from limited broadband diffraction efficiency due to spurious orders. To overcome the lake of efficiency we are investigating the use of multi-layer diffractive optical element. This technique allows to achieve an efficiency greater than 97% over the full visible spectrum using only three components (e.g. two optical elements + air). [less ▲]

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See detailAchromatization of solar concentrator thanks to diffractive optics
Languy, Fabian ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

Conference (2009)

Refractive solar concentrators suffer from important chromatic aberration. To enhance solar cell performance and increase the concentrating ratio, we propose an hybrid (diffractive/refractive) lens which ... [more ▼]

Refractive solar concentrators suffer from important chromatic aberration. To enhance solar cell performance and increase the concentrating ratio, we propose an hybrid (diffractive/refractive) lens which allows a more uniform flux density and an achromatized (in the sense of achromatic doublet) illumination of the cell. To solve the problem of high diffraction efficiency, we turn to multilayer diffractive lenses to have broadband high diffraction efficiency optimized on solar spectrum. Rigorous coupled wave analysis simulations were performed in order to check the validity of scalar theory, they led to a new order of magnitude for the ratio period/wavelength which has been found to be around 100 in place of 10. [less ▲]

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