New Curved Reflectors for Significantly Enhanced Solar Power Generation in Four Seasons

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A new curved-type reflector for solar power generation is proposed. By adopting the curved-type reflector between consecutive solar panel arrays, all incoming sunlight can be utilized and thus, the generated power is significantly increased. Furthermore, the proposed curved-type reflector can be generally used in four seasons regardless of the altitude or angle of the installation environment. The optimum design rule for the curved-reflector, comparing to a plane-type reflector, is completely developed in this paper. A new solar cell configuration best fit for the proposed curved-reflector is also provided. Experimental results showed that the curved-type reflector improves the spatial average solar power by 61% compared to no reflector case, which is even 11% higher than the plane-type reflector. Reflectors, especially curved-type reflectors, are found to be one of promising solutions for highly efficient solar power generation.
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MDPI
Issue Date
2019-12
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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ENERGIES, v.12, no.23

ISSN
1996-1073
DOI
10.3390/en12234602
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/272132
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