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A History of, Update on and a Wish List for Optics in CPV

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The fields of optical science, design and application are extremely important to concentrator photovoltaics (CPV), where the cornerstone of the entire approach is concentrating sunlight with optics before it reaches the photovoltaic device. The paper will focus on several areas, first an introduction to CPV and a short history of various approaches. Second, a discussion of where CPV is currently, including a review of existing companies in CPV and what types of CPV optics today are considered state-of-the-art. Third, a discussion on what Amonix is looking for in next generation CPV optics. This will be a call-to-action for optical experts, with a review of topics in applied optics where Amonix and others are currently looking for new ideas and significant progress.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

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