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Using static concentrator technology to achieve global energy goal

Alamoudi, Abdullah and Saaduddin, Syed Muhammad and Munir, Abu Bakar and Muhammad Sukki, Firdaus and Abu Bakar, Siti Hawa and Mohd. Yasin, Siti Hajar and Karim, Ridoan and Bani, Nurul Aini and Abubakar Mas’ud, Abdullahi and Ardila Rey, Jorge Alfredo and Prabhu, Radhakrishna and Sellami, Nazmi (2019) Using static concentrator technology to achieve global energy goal. Sustainability (Switzerland), 11 (11). pp. 1-22. ISSN 2071-1050


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su11113056


Solar energy has demonstrated promising prospects in satisfying energy requirements, specifically through solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. Despite that, the cost of installation is deemed as the main hurdle to the widespread uptake of solar PV systems due to the use of expensive PV material in the module. At this point, we argue that a reduction in PV cost could be achieved through the usage of concentrator. A solar concentrator is a type of lens that is capable of increasing the collection of sun rays and focusing them onto a lesser PV area. The cost of the solar module could then be reduced on the assumption that the cost of introducing the solar concentrator in the solar module design is much lower than the cost of the removed PV material. Static concentrators, in particular, have great promise due to their ability to be integrated at any place of the building, usually on the building facade, windows and roof, due to their low geometrical concentration. This paper provides a historic context on the development of solar concentrators and showcases the latest technological development in static PV concentrators including non-imaging compound parabolic concentrator, V-trough, luminescent solar concentrator and quantum dot concentrator. We anticipated that the static low concentrating PV (LCPV) system could serve to enhance the penetration of PV technology in the long run to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7-to open an avenue to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:energy, solar concentrator, solar energy, solar photovoltaic
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions:Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
ID Code:89316
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:22 Feb 2021 14:04
Last Modified:22 Feb 2021 14:04

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