High Concentrator Photovoltaics: Fundamentals, Engineering and Power Plants

Edited by Pedro Pérez-Higueras and Eduardo F. Fernández

The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals and engineering of high concentrator photovoltaic (HCPV) technology and to elucidate how this complex and emerging technology is applied in power plants. It is the first of its kind to focus exclusively on HCPV technology and offers a valuable reference volume to readers. This book is the result of an international collaboration among experts and each chapter is written by a specialist in the field.


HandBook Of Concentrator Photovoltaic Technology

Edited by Carlos Algora and Ignacio Rey-Stolle


Chapter 8. CPV Power Plants

This chapter reviews the important aspects to consider when building a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) power plant, with the goal of maximizing its energy output and reducing the costs of installation, operation and maintenance. The first step to build a CPV power plant is the analysis of a potential new site by estimating the direct normal solar irradiance (DNI) to analyze whether the site is suitable for CPV or not. The chapter focuses on some special issues to take into account for the construction, namely, the selection of the inverter, the distribution of the trackers and some considerations of the environmental impact. Daily operation of the CPV plant is carried out automatically by the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) monitoring system. Statistical process control (SPC) is the application of statistical methods to the monitoring and control of a process to ensure that it operates at its full potential.


McEvoy’s Handbook Of Photovoltaics

Edited by Soteris A. Kalogirou

Chapter II-4-A. CPV Systems.

Concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems provide higher efficiencies than conventional photovoltaic technologies. These systems increase the concentration ratio by using cheap optical assemblies in order to reduce the size of high efficiency solar cells. This chapter outlines designs in low-, medium-, and high-concentrator photovoltaic systems, with a focus on high-concentrator photovoltaic systems.

Topics such as multijunction solar cells, concentrator optics, thermal management, module performance, influences of irradiance, temperature, spectrum, and other variables are covered in the text.

Several methods for directly or indirectly estimating the output energy of a CPV system are discussed. Electrical mismatches causing energy losses are detailed through illustrations and equations that calculate the energy yield of a concentrator photovoltaic system.