Direct sunlight facility for testing and research in HCPV

Simonpietro Agnello, Marco Barbera, Luisa Spallino, Gaetano Bonsignore, Franco Mario Gelardi, Luisa Sciortino, Marco Cannas, Ugo Lo Cicero, Fabio Maria Montagnino, Filippo Paredes, Alessandro Buscemi, Salvo Varisco, Alfonso Collura, Marco Barbera, Roberto Candia, Gaspare Di Cicca, Gianluca Napoli

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A facility for testing different components for HCPV application has been developed in the framework of“Fotovoltaico ad Alta Efficienza” (FAE) project funded by the Sicilian Regional Authority (PO FESR Sicilia 2007/20134.1.1.1). The testing facility is equipped with an heliostat providing a wide solar beam inside the lab, an optical benchfor mounting and aligning the HCPV components, electronic equipments to characterize the I-V curves of multijunctioncells operated up to 2000 suns, a system to circulate a fluid in the heat sink at controlled temperature and flow-rate, adata logging system with sensors to measure temperatures in several locations and fluid pressures at the inlet and outletof the heat sink, and a climatic chamber with large test volume to test assembled HCPV modules.
Original languageItalian
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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