Performance of Low-Complexity Spectrally Selective One-Dimensional Mirrors for Photovoltaic Thermal Management

Ian M. Slauch, Michael G. Deceglie, Timothy J. Silverman, Vivian E Ferry

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

Operation at elevated temperatures is detrimental to the performance of crystalline Si solar modules. One method of reducing module operating temperature is selective reflection of sub-bandgap photons, which can otherwise only be absorbed parasitically. We numerically optimize the design of a series of multilayer photonic mirrors based on real materials using a previously developed optimization routine. Combined ray tracing and finite element simulations reveal the ability of each mirror to increase energy yield and decrease operating temperature. The best design outperforms a conventional glass antireflection coating, contains only nine layers, and maintains performance regardless of geographic location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2933-2938
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538685297
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2018
Event7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC

Other

Other7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Period6/10/186/15/18

Keywords

  • cooling
  • photonic structures
  • solar cells
  • solar modules
  • spectrally selective reflection

How much support was provided by MRSEC?

  • Shared

Reporting period for MRSEC

  • Period 5

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  • Projects

    MRSEC SEED Projects

    11/1/14 → …

    Project: Research project

    University of Minnesota MRSEC (DMR-1420013)

    Lodge, T. P.

    11/1/1410/31/20

    Project: Research project

    Cite this

    Slauch, I. M., Deceglie, M. G., Silverman, T. J., & Ferry, V. E. (2018). Performance of Low-Complexity Spectrally Selective One-Dimensional Mirrors for Photovoltaic Thermal Management. In 2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC (pp. 2933-2938). [8547965] (2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2018.8547965