Optical characteristics of low concentration ratio solar collectors for façade applications
Piratheepan, M; Anderson, T
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This work shows that there is significant scope for the development of static solar concentrators to be integrated into the façade of buildings. It has shown that solar concentrators using parabolic reflectors may be well suited to applications in mid-latitude locations, however, the non-uniform illumination they provide means they are perhaps better suited to thermal applications. Due to the non-uniform nature of illumination provided by a parabolic reflector, flat reflectors provide an ideal compromise for building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) and photovoltaic/thermal (BIPVT) concentrators.