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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.
Photovoltaic cells; Solar concentrators; Solar energy; Standardization
Oil, Gas, and Energy | Sustainability
Kurtz, S. R.,
Considerations for how to rate CPV.
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