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Method of Making A Modular Off-Axis Solar Concentrator

United States Patent Application

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A method of making a solar concentrator may include forming a receiving wall having an elongated wall, a first side wall and a second side wall; attaching the first side wall and the second side wall to a reflecting wall to form a housing having an internal volume with an opening; forming a lip on the receiving wall and the reflecting wall; attaching a cover to the receiving wall and the reflecting wall at the lip to seal the opening into the internal volume, thereby creating a rigid structure; and mounting at least one receiver having at least one photovoltaic cell on the elongated wall to receive solar radiation entering the housing and reflected by the receiving wall, the receiver having an axis parallel with a surface normal of the photovoltaic cell, such that the axis is disposed at a non-zero angle relative to the vertical axis of the opening.
Plesniak, Adam P. (Huntington Beach, CA), Hall, John C. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
14/ 606,316
January 27, 2015
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH [0002] The inventions disclosed herein were made with the support of the government of the United States pursuant to contract number DE-FC36-07G017052 awarded by the Department of Energy. Therefore, the government of the United States may have certain rights in the disclosed inventions.