Abstract

Prototype solid dielectric compound parabolic concentrators have been made and tested. By means of the geometry and refractive properties of a transparent solid they provide a technique for increasing the power output of silicon solar cells exposed to the sun by an amount nearly equal to the increase in effective collecting area. The response is uniform over a large angle which eliminates the necessity of diurnal tracking of the sun. The technique can be applied to the construction of thin panels and has the potential for significantly reducing their cost per unit area.

© 1976 Optical Society of America

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