Special Issue "Characterization of High Concentration Photovoltaic Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Pedro M. Rodrigo
Guest Editor
Center of Advanced Studies in Earth Sciences, Energy and Environment—Jaén University, Las Lagunillas Campus, C6 building, 23071 Jaén, Spain
Interests: photovoltaics; concentration photovoltaics; characterization; modelling; prototype development; energy prediction; cost analysis; shading; spectral analysis; thermal management; optics; hybrid systems; ultra-high-concentration systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There is an increasing demand for renewable energy sources in the electrical grid, particularly solar energy. Photovoltaic energy is a popular option. However, the development of novel, more efficient, and cheaper photovoltaic solutions is a challenge. High-concentration photovoltaic systems have reached the highest conversion efficiencies of sunlight to electricity, and are available commercially. However, intensive research is required to overcome the barriers that limit their implementation, especially regarding installation and maintenance costs.

The behaviour of high-concentration photovoltaic systems is more complex than that of traditional photovoltaic systems, because they combine multi-junction solar cells, optical systems, heat-dissipation mechanisms, and dual-axis solar trackers. The characterization and modelling of these systems often requires advanced experimental set-ups and multi-physics approaches. This Special Issue seeks to contribute to the characterization and modelling of high-concentration photovoltaic systems, for improving the design of existing devices, developing new concepts (including hybrid systems or ultra-high concentration systems), and improving power-rating procedures and energy-prediction models. We invite papers on innovative studies on multi-junction solar cells, optical systems, heat management, solar tracker improvement, hybrid systems, ultra-high concentration systems, and related topics.

Prof. Dr. Pedro M. Rodrigo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Concentration photovoltaics
  • Characterization
  • Modelling
  • Prototyping
  • Efficiency improvement
  • Cost reduction
  • Energy prediction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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