Coupled Simulation of Performance of a Crossed Compound Parabolic Concentrator with Solar Cell

Wenguang Li, Manosh C. Paul, Nazmi Sellami, Xian Long Meng, Tapas K. Mallick, Eduardo Fernandez Fernandez, Andrew R. Knox, Andrea Montecucco, Jonathan Siviter, Paul Mullen, Ali Ashraf, Antonio Samarelli, Lourdes Ferre Llin, Douglas J. Paul, Duncan H. Gregory, Min Gao, Tracy Sweet, Feridoon Azough, Robert Lowndes, Robert Freer

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An optimal installation of a compound parabolic concentrator (CCPC) into a scalable solar thermoelectrics and photovoltaics system is desirable by applying analytical tools to improve the optical and thermal performance of a CCPC with a solar cell. In this paper, the optical and thermal performances of an isolated CCPC with solar cell are investigated by employing commercial software 'ANSYS CFX 15.0' with a coupled optical grey and multiphysics model. Numerical results are validated against the experimental data at various incidence angles, especially for the optical concentration ratio and optical efficiency. Results confirm that 'ANSYS CFX' is an effective numerical tool for determining correctly both the optical and thermal behaviour of CCPC. The very important finding is a highest temperature core in the silicon layer of solar cell which may be responsible for a solar cell to work properly. The limitation of the work is that the electric performance of the solar cell is not involved and the simulations are steady.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-330
Number of pages6
JournalEnergy Procedia
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2015 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Mar 28 2015Mar 31 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy(all)


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