PETAL: A research pathway to fossil-competitive solar electricity

David Faiman, Sergey Biryukov, Kathi Kreske Pearlmutter

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We outline the economic arguments in favor of using large parabolic dishes for CPV. We then discuss methods that have been employed to quantify the optical and tracking properties of PETAL, a 400 m2 parabolic dish facility located at Sede Boqer in the Negev desert. Attention is drawn to the problem of light homogenization at the focal plane, and a method is discussed for achieving adequate homogeneity for CPV purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1384-1387
Number of pages4
JournalConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2002
Event29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 19 May 200224 May 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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