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Title: An analysis of the efficacy of low-scale concentrated photovoltaics
Authors: Brooks, Thomas
Collins, Sean
Edgerton, Alexander
Ford, Blaine
Gautam, Preetha
Goldfinger, Matthew
Hall, Ian
Huang, Billy
Lanzo, Michael
McGowan, Melissa
Myers, Taylor
Salata, Christopher
Zheng, Andy
Advisors: Adomaitis, Ray
Type: Article
Keywords: solar energy
Gemstone Team LEAF
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: The plausibility of low-concentrating flat-plate photovoltaics as a viable small-scale energy generation system was explored. A flat-plate photovoltaic panel utilizing an inexpensive parabolic reflector to increase the solar radiation incident on the panel was constructed. The concentration system's performance was compared to a solitary flat-plate photovoltaic panel with no concentration. The concentrating panel experienced a maximum of seven times and averaged three to four times the power output of the flat system. It is projected that similar systems could provide a less costly alternative to consumer scale solar panels that use expensive efficiency-increasing tracking systems.
Description: Gemstone Team LEAF (Light Energy Acquisition of the Future)
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