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The effects of chromatic aberration on the performance of GaInP/GaAs/Ge concentrator solar cells from Fresnel optics

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2 Author(s)
Cotal, H. ; Spectrolab, Inc., Sylmar, CA, USA ; Sherif, R.

Results are reported for the effects of chromatic aberration on the electrical performance of triple junction (3J), GalnP/GaAs/Ge concentrator solar cells for indoor measurements. A Fresnel lens was moved away from the solar cell such that the concentration level increased, and then decreased while the lens-to-cell distance continued to increase. From such movement, the FF exhibited a series of minima and maxima in the region where light is apparently focused as determined by the naked eye. These effects are due to chromatic aberrations that affect the FF, and to some extent, the subcell short circuit currents in the 3J stack. Aberrations can drive the 3J device in a top cell-or middle cell-limited mode, and make the top cell FF become more predominant than the middle cell FF, or vice versa with the 3J FF influenced more by either subcell FF. It is shown that the multijunction celt power output is also affected, and the gain in power depends on the size of the solar cell relative to the size of the beam waist, and the focal length of blue light relative to that of red light.

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Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 2005. Conference Record of the Thirty-first IEEE

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3-7 Jan. 2005