Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/603589
Title:
PVMirror – A High-Efficiency Solar Module
Author:
Hyatt, Justin; Mrkonich, Jeffrey; Reinhart, Lennon; Taylor, Wyatt
Affiliation:
Steward Observatory; College of Optical Sciences; Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Issue Date:
2016-02-24
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author.
Collection Information:
This item is part of the GPSC Student Showcase collection. For more information about the Student Showcase, please email the GPSC (Graduate and Professional Student Council) at gpsc@email.arizona.edu.
Abstract:
To make photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) more practical forms of alternative energy, creative innovations to current solar energy methods must be employed. The PVMirror – a new technology – is our solution to that problem. The PVMirror combines PV and CSP technologies by splitting the spectrum of sunlight using a dichroic mirror film. Light that is not transmitted to the solar cell is to instead be reflected to a focus, by way of a curved mirror. This hybrid of technologies is competitive, as it is both efficient and affordable compared to many other innovations in renewable energy. The PVMirror is designed to be an easy and cost-effective replacement to the reflectors used in existing CSP plants. Ultimately, we hope to demonstrate this PVMirror technology on a large scale and market it. As validated from interviewing with industry professionals, this technology has the potential to impact the world of solar energy because many industrial companies and utility-scale CSP project developers are interested in pairing CSP and PV to increase efficiency. Currently, using an outdoor sun tracker, we are testing an 18 inch by 18 inch prototype with four solar cells.
Description:
Poster exhibited at GPSC Student Showcase, February 24th, 2016, University of Arizona.
Keywords:
Solar Energy; Photovoltaics; PV; Concentrated Solar Power; CSP; Hybrid; Research; ARPA-E
Sponsors:
ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy)

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHyatt, Justinen
dc.contributor.authorMrkonich, Jeffreyen
dc.contributor.authorReinhart, Lennonen
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Wyatten
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-23T23:07:27Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-23T23:07:27Zen
dc.date.issued2016-02-24en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/603589en
dc.descriptionPoster exhibited at GPSC Student Showcase, February 24th, 2016, University of Arizona.en
dc.description.abstractTo make photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) more practical forms of alternative energy, creative innovations to current solar energy methods must be employed. The PVMirror – a new technology – is our solution to that problem. The PVMirror combines PV and CSP technologies by splitting the spectrum of sunlight using a dichroic mirror film. Light that is not transmitted to the solar cell is to instead be reflected to a focus, by way of a curved mirror. This hybrid of technologies is competitive, as it is both efficient and affordable compared to many other innovations in renewable energy. The PVMirror is designed to be an easy and cost-effective replacement to the reflectors used in existing CSP plants. Ultimately, we hope to demonstrate this PVMirror technology on a large scale and market it. As validated from interviewing with industry professionals, this technology has the potential to impact the world of solar energy because many industrial companies and utility-scale CSP project developers are interested in pairing CSP and PV to increase efficiency. Currently, using an outdoor sun tracker, we are testing an 18 inch by 18 inch prototype with four solar cells.en
dc.description.sponsorshipARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy)en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author.en_US
dc.subjectSolar Energyen
dc.subjectPhotovoltaicsen
dc.subjectPVen
dc.subjectConcentrated Solar Poweren
dc.subjectCSPen
dc.subjectHybriden
dc.subjectResearchen
dc.subjectARPA-Een
dc.titlePVMirror – A High-Efficiency Solar Moduleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentSteward Observatoryen
dc.contributor.departmentCollege of Optical Sciencesen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineeringen
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item is part of the GPSC Student Showcase collection. For more information about the Student Showcase, please email the GPSC (Graduate and Professional Student Council) at gpsc@email.arizona.edu.en_US
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