Design of a holographic micro-scale spectrum-splitting photovoltaic system

Yuechen Wu, Shelby Vorndran, Silvana Ayala Pelaez, Juan M. Russo, Raymond K Kostuk

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Micro-scale PV technology combines the high conversion efficiency of concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) with the low costs and the simple form of flat panel PV. Some of the benefits of micro-scale PV include: reduced semiconductor material usage; improved heat rejection capacity; and more versatile PV cell interconnect configurations. Spectrumsplitting is also a beneficial technique to increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of photovoltaic systems. It spatially separates the incident solar spectrum into spectral components and directs them to PV cells with matching bandgaps. This approach avoids the current and lattice matching problems that exist in tandem multi-junction systems. In this paper, we applied the ideas of spectrum-splitting in a micro-scale PV system, and demonstrated a holographic micro-scale spectrum-splitting photovoltaic system. This system consists of a volume transmission hologram in combination with a micro-lens array. An analysis methodology was developed to design the system and determine the performance of the resulting system. The spatial characteristics of the dispersed spectrum, the overall system conversion efficiency, and the improvement over best bandgap will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHigh and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Energy Applications X
EditorsAdam P. Plesniak, Andru J. Prescod
ISBN (Electronic)9781628417258
StatePublished - 2015
EventHigh and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Energy Applications X - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 10 2015Aug 11 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherHigh and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Energy Applications X
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Micro-Scale Photovoltaic
  • Solar energy
  • Spectrum splitting
  • concentrating photovoltaics
  • holography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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