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Enclosed, off-axis solar concentrator

United States Patent

November 26, 2013
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A solar concentrator including a housing having a receiving wall, a reflecting wall and at least two end walls, the receiving, reflecting and end walls defining a three-dimensional volume having an inlet, wherein a vertical axis of the housing is generally perpendicular to the inlet, a receiver mounted on the receiving wall of the housing, the receiver including at least one photovoltaic cell, wherein a vertical axis of the receiver is disposed at a non-zero angle relative to the vertical axis of the housing, at least one clip disposed on the reflecting wall, an optical element received within the three-dimensional volume, the optical element including at least one tab, the tab being engaged by the clip to align the optical element with the receiver, and a window received over the inlet to enclose the housing.
Benitez; Pablo (Madrid, ES), Grip; Robert E. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA), Minano; Juan C. (Madrid, ES), Narayanan; Authi A. (Thousand Oaks, CA), Plesniak; Adam (Huntington Beach, CA), Schwartz; Joel A. (Glendale, CA)
The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL)
12/ 562,729
September 18, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH The invention(s) disclosed herein was/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 invention(s).