Special Issue "Advances in Concentrator Photovoltaics Technology"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Eduardo F. Fernández
Website
Guest Editor
Centre for Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences, Energy and Environment (CEACTEMA), Electronics and Automation Department, Universidad de Jaén, Las Lagunillas Campus, Jaén, 23071, Spain
Interests: solar energy; photovoltaics; concentrator photovoltaics; solar cells; optics; heat transfer; development, characterization, and modelling of PV and CPV systems
Prof. Dr. Pedro Perez-Higueras
Website
Guest Editor
Department of Electric and Automatic Engineering, CEA in Earch Sciences, Energy and Environment (CEACTEMA), University of Jaén, Campus Las Lagunillas, s/n, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Interests: energy; renewable energy; solar energy; photovoltaics; concentrator photovoltaics
Dr. Florencia Almonacid Cruz
Website
Guest Editor
Department of Electric and Automatic Engineering, CEA in Earch Sciences, Energy and Environment (CEACTEMA), University of Jaén, Campus Las Lagunillas, s/n, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Interests: photovoltaics; concentrator photovoltaics; advance modelling techniques; artificial neural network

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The development of novel, high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) technologies has become essential to promoting the transition to a system based on renewable energies. Concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) offers the highest solar conversion efficiencies, >40%, among all the PV technologies. In addition, it represents a unique way to push the efficiency towards the maximum solar conversion, >80%. In this sense, big efforts are being made by the community to develop next generation CPV systems to increase the performance of such technologies.

This Issue aims to cover the most promising research lines to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of CPV. It is open but not limited to relevant contributions related to the novel architecture of solar cells intended to support higher concentrations or improve the spectral absorption of light. Concentrators optics tailored to improve angular tolerance, compactness, and/or concentration factor are also included. New trends to handle or exploit heat waste to further increase efficiency are also of high interest. Finally, the Issue welcomes relevant work concerning advance modelling techniques, novel CPV module configurations, hybrid systems, characterization procedures, or economic assessment, to improve our understating of PV technologies and promote their market expansion.

Prof. Dr. Eduardo F. Fernandez
Prof. Dr. Pedro Perez-Higueras
Dr. F. Almonacid
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • solar cells
  • optics
  • heat transfer
  • hybridization
  • modelling techniques
  • performance evaluation

Published Papers (1 paper)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:

Research

Open AccessArticle
Photovoltaic Concentration: Research and Development
Energies 2020, 13(21), 5721; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13215721 - 02 Nov 2020
Abstract
Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) technology, by using efficient optical elements, small sizes and high efficiency multi-junction solar cells, can be seen as a bright energy source to produce more cost-effective electricity. The main and basic idea is to replace the use of expensive solar [...] Read more.
Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) technology, by using efficient optical elements, small sizes and high efficiency multi-junction solar cells, can be seen as a bright energy source to produce more cost-effective electricity. The main and basic idea is to replace the use of expensive solar cells with less expensive optical elements made from different materials. This paper aims to give to the readers a rapid and concise overview of CPV and the main characteristics to be considered when designing a CPV system. It reviews the main optical configurations presented in the literature, their advantages and drawbacks, as well as the recent progress in the concentration ratio and the major performances achieved in the field. The paper considers the more recent works, their optical designs, as well as their optical and electrical performances. It also relates the major achievements on the industrial side with the major milestones in CPV developments. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Concentrator Photovoltaics Technology)
Show Figures

Figure 1

Back to TopTop