Solar energy conversion using a broad band coherent concentrator with antenna-coupled rectifiers

P. Bodan, J. Apostolos, W. Mouyos, B. McMahon, P. Gili, Milton Feng

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Abstract

Through an internally funded research and development program, AMI Research and Development (AMI) has designed and developed a low profile, one-dimensional, solar coherent concentrator, intended for rectennas. A proof of concept prototype has been fabricated with an integrated photovoltaic array solar cell at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Optical efficiency greater than 60% and an elevation field of view of 0.7 degrees has been modeled and confirmed with measurements. This device enables Antenna-Coupled Rectennas (ACR) to exceed one-sun solar performance efficiencies and provides a spectral splitting architecture to further enhance the efficiencies. We present the benefits of this device, prototype performance, and intended continued development of the ACRs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014
PublisherNano Science and Technology Institute
Pages328-331
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781482258301
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
EventNanotechnology 2014: Electronics, Manufacturing, Environment, Energy and Water - 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Jun 15 2014Jun 18 2014

Publication series

NameTechnical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014
Volume3

Other

OtherNanotechnology 2014: Electronics, Manufacturing, Environment, Energy and Water - 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
Period6/15/146/18/14

Keywords

  • Antenna-coupled detectors
  • Coherent
  • Metal-insulator-metal diode
  • Optical rectenna
  • Solar concentrator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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    Bodan, P., Apostolos, J., Mouyos, W., McMahon, B., Gili, P., & Feng, M. (2014). Solar energy conversion using a broad band coherent concentrator with antenna-coupled rectifiers. In Technical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014 (pp. 328-331). (Technical Proceedings of the 2014 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Expo, NSTI-Nanotech 2014; Vol. 3). Nano Science and Technology Institute.