Optical and mechanical tolerances in hybrid concentrated thermal-PV solar trough

Liliana Ruiz Diaz, Byron Cocilovo, Alexander Miles, Wei Pan, Pierre Alexandre Blanche, Robert A. Norwood

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Hybrid thermal-PV solar trough collectors combine concentrated photovoltaics and concentrated solar power technology to harvest and store solar energy. In this work, the optical and mechanical requirements for optimal efficiency are analyzed using non-sequential ray tracing techniques. The results are used to generate opto-mechanical tolerances that can be compared to those of traditional solar collectors. We also explore ideas on how to relieve tracking tolerances for single-axis solar collectors. The objective is to establish a basis for tolerances required for the fabrication and manufacturing of hybrid solar trough collectors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A602-A608
JournalOptics Express
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 14 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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