A miniature concentrating pv system for distributed generation

Daniel Kaftori, Abraham Kribus

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Abstract

A miniature dish Concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) system is presented, designed for massively distributed power generation. The system can become cost-effective through mass-production at relatively low production rates of a few Megawatts per year. This is in contrast to large dish systems (PV and thermal) that require 50 MW per year or more to become competitive, and utility-scale solar thermal plants requiring a market of hundreds of MW per year. The small size enables distributed co-generation on urban rooftops and other available small spaces. Rejected heat can be used on site, resulting in a CHP (Combined Heat and Power) system with improved economics. A detailed study has been carried out to evaluate the feasibility of the miniature dish PV system. The cost of energy from the units is shown, in under some conditions, to be competitive with grid-supplied energy even at a modest production rate of 3 MW/Year.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Solar World Congress 2005
Subtitle of host publicationBringing Water to the World, Including Proceedings of 34th ASES Annual Conference and Proceedings of 30th National Passive Solar Conference
Pages1355-1358
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2005
EventSolar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including 34th ASES Annual Conference and 30th National Passive Solar Conference - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 6 Aug 200512 Aug 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Solar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including Proceedings of 34th ASES Annual Conference and Proceedings of 30th National Passive Solar Conference
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceSolar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including 34th ASES Annual Conference and 30th National Passive Solar Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period6/08/0512/08/05

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