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Title: Optimised solar concentrator for the soar photonic optoelectronic transformer system
Author: Sukki, Firdaus Muhammad
Awarding Body: Glasgow Caledonian University
Current Institution: Glasgow Caledonian University
Date of Award: 2013
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Malaysia is one of the countries that have started to elevate the usage of renewable - specifically solar photovoltaic (PV) - in delivering its energy needs. This thesis is divided into two main sections. The first section evaluates the solar PV installations in the residential sector in Malaysia for the past 20 years; in terms of policies, research and development activities and implementations. Recently, the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme was introduced in Malaysia and based on the financial analysis, any installation of solar PV could generate a lucrative monthly income to the household owner under the FiT scheme. However, a preliminary survey indicated that Malaysians are not interested in investing in a solar PV system, mainly due to the high cost of implementation. The next section focuses on the design of solar concentrators - particularly the family of Dielectric Totally Internally Reflecting Concentrators (DTIRCs) - with the aim of achieving a low cost solar PV system. Part of the PhD project is the optimisation of the concentrator design in the Solar Photonic Optoelectronic Transformer (SPOT), the main component of SolarBrane, a static building integrated PV (BlPV) system developed by SolarEmpower Ltd. An optimised design has been proposed using a DTIRC based on the Maximum Concentration Method (MCM). It has been demonstrated via simulations that the optimised design could potentially increase the output of the SolarBrane, at the cost of having a slightly larger structure. A novel type of DTIRC family. known as the Asymmetrical DTIRC (ADTIRC). has been developed to provide additional gain at the "extrusion" plane of the concentrator, and further reducing the size of the PV cell needed. It is concluded tbat this new design generates a much higher gain compared to the concentrator in the SolarBranel. The results from the indoor experiments indicate that the ADTIRC-PV structure could increase the electrical output by 4.2x when compared with the non-concentrating solar PV cell.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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