Sun tracking device and concentrating solar cells and their applications

Sun tracking device and concentrating solar cells and their applications

1. Principle of Solar Concentration
The energy emitted by the sun is concentrated on the focal plane through cheap sunlight reflecting mirrors or transmissive mirrors, so that the sunlight energy on the solar cell can be doubled. The principle is shown in Figure 1. This method was first used for heating materials or welding, and only recently has it been used to prepare concentrating solar cells. The focal surface characteristics are expressed by the ratio of the lens surface D to the light-receiving surface d as the concentration degree C, where d is determined by the dispersion angle 0, that is, d=2fsin2θ, and the concentration degree C=D/d=D/2fsin2θ is determined by the focal surface Depth h, focal length f and spot diameter d are determined.

Sun tracking device and concentrating solar cells and their applications
Figure 1 Schematic diagram of solar concentrating

2. Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV)
Concentrating photovoltaics is called the third-generation photovoltaic technology in the industry. It is a device that converts solar light into electricity with high light-electric conversion efficiency after concentrating sunlight through multiple lenses. Its composition includes high-performance concentrating and tracking sunlight. And battery cooling system. These technologies have been gradually solved. The typical installations of the existing solar tracking devices and concentrating solar cells are shown in Figure 2. It can be seen from the figure (a) that the power of the solar tracking system composed of 25 concentrating cells can reach 2.5kW, and a 25kW module can run on a solar tracking system (b).

Sun tracking device and concentrating solar cells and their applications
Figure 2 Existing typical installations of solar tracking devices and concentrating solar cells

3. Solar tracking test
The output characteristics and energy of solar energy are related to the seasonal time and climate of the area, and another common factor is the incident angle of the sun. Research shows that the incident angle has little effect on the output voltage, but has a great impact on the output current and power. The research group has developed a solar tracking device that uses a single-chip microcomputer to control the rotation and inclination in time, as shown in Figure 3(a). The relationship between the measured current and the inclination angle is shown in Figure 3(b), which can obtain the influence of different seasons and incident angles on the power and the effect of tracking to increase the power. This device can also be used for low-power solar working machines to increase the power usage.

Sun tracking device and concentrating solar cells and their applications
Figure 3 A solar tracking device with a single-chip microcomputer that controls rotation and inclination in time and its test results

4. Concentrating system of fixed concentrating solar cells
The aforementioned Sun Concentrating Solar Power System is difficult to use on high-power vehicles. But you can consider using fixed concentrating solar cells, the type shown in Figure 4.

Sun tracking device and concentrating solar cells and their applications
Figure 4 Common types of concentrating solar cells

(1) Ordinary parabolic lens. The concentrating solar cell in Figure 2 is composed of a number of parabolic lenses in Figure 4(a). This concentrating solar cell has high concentration and high requirements on the angle of incidence. It must be matched with the sun device, and its mass and volume are large. The heat dissipation and cooling requirements are high, so it is difficult to use in vehicles. The following types are fixed and suitable for vehicles.
(2) Thin Fresnel lens. There are two types, straight and curved, as shown in Figure 4 (b) and (c). The structure is simple, light and thin, and it can be die-casted with plastics with good optical properties (such as polypropylene). If an additional aluminum plating process is added, a thin-film Fresnel reflective lens can be made. If the thin Fresnel lens is then thermomechanically bent to form a curved thin Fresnel lens, its cross-section is inclined inward compared to a flat thin Fresnel lens, and the reflection loss is less.
(3) Planar enhanced condenser. The structure of the plane-enhanced condenser shown in Figure 4(d) is relatively simple, and the output power can be increased by about 50%.
(4) Parabolic trough lens. Figure 4(e) shows the parabolic trough lens. It is a parabolic trough structure with silver-plated, polished aluminum or aluminum-plated film that can be wound around. It is a uniaxial tracking one-dimensional concentrator. The length is laid flat along the north-south direction or inclined to the south, and its inclination angle can be fixed or adjusted manually by day and season. Foreign application examples: 240kW system size is 2.1×6m, concentration degree is 42; 100kW system size is 2.1×9.1m, concentration degree is 34. It can be seen from this that, compared with the size and area of ​​general solar cells, it is much smaller, and it is very suitable for vehicles.

5. Concentrating solar cell power generation system
The power generation of concentrating solar cells still relies on solar cells, such as using lenses or mirrors to condense a large area of ​​sunlight to a very small area, and then convert it through high conversion efficiency triple junction solar cells (InGaP/GaAs/Ge) For electrical energy. Taking the 1000 times condensing condition as an example, a 1cm² wafer with a conversion efficiency of 36% has the same power generation as 7 5-inch crystalline silicon solar cells. The power generation capacity is increased by dozens or even hundreds of times, and the cost is only 1/of that of monocrystalline silicon. 5. 1/3 of polysilicon.