Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

2-2011

First page number:

1

Last page number:

8

Abstract

The concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) industry is introducing multiple products into the marketplace, but, as yet, the community has not embraced a unified method for assessing a nameplate rating. The choices of whether to use 850, 900, or 1000 W/m2 for the direct-normal irradiance and whether to link the rating to ambient or cell temperature will affect how CPV modules are rated and compared with other technologies. This paper explores the qualitative and quantitative ramifications of these choices using data from two multi-junction CPV modules and two flat-plate modules.

Keywords

Photovoltaic cells; Solar concentrators; Solar energy; Standardization

Disciplines

Oil, Gas, and Energy | Sustainability

Language

English

Comments

Presented at the 6th International Conference on Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems (CPV 6): Freiburg, Germany: April 7-9, 2010.

NREL Report No. CP-5200-47127


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