A high-irradiance solar furnace for photovoltaic characterization and nanomaterial synthesis

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Abstract

A high-irradiance solar furnace geared toward (a) elucidating the distinctive physics of concentrator photovoltaics and (b) driving high-temperature reactors for the generation of novel nanostructures is described, with a target irradiance up to 12 W/mm2. The opto-mechanical design permits real-sun flash illumination at a millisecond time scale so that solar cells can be characterized with only insubstantial increases in cell temperature even at irradiance levels of thousands of suns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-956
Number of pages6
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Volume95
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Concentrator
  • High-irradiance
  • Nanomaterials
  • Photovoltaic
  • Solar furnace

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