OPEL Solar Inc., a developer and supplier of high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar panels and solar tracking systems, has been issued a patent from the U.S. patent office for its concentrating solar photovoltaic module used for the generation of electricity in utility-scale solar power plants, as well as commercial and industrial building applications.
The new module was developed by Edward J. Linke and Francisco A. Middleton and represents the fourth generation of OPEL's HCPV technology and modules.
The module contains a housing structure that supports an array of photovoltaic cells and corresponding light guides. It uses concentration lenses to focus incident solar radiation into the housing and toward the light guides that then project the solar radiation onto photovoltaic cells, the company explains.
SOURCE: OPEL Solar Inc.