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Concentrating photovoltaic systems

M. Steiner*; T. Gerstmaier,a; A.W. Bett*    * Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany Soitec Solar GmbH, Freiburg, Germanya Formerly Soitec Solar GmbH

Abstract

The first section of this chapter introduces the principles of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology. Since there is a huge diversity in system designs, the most common principles are outlined and examples for CPV systems are presented. The second section discusses the most important impacts on the performance of CPV systems. In contrast to standard photovoltaic (PV), the influence of the cell temperature on the output power is much less important. On the other hand, multijunction solar cells are used in high-concentration ...

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