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Modular off-axis solar concentrator

United States Patent

January 27, 2015
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A solar concentrator including a housing defining a vertical axis and including a receiving wall connected to a reflecting wall to define an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, wherein the reflecting wall defines at least one primary optical element, and wherein at least a portion of the reflecting wall includes a layer of reflective material, the housing further including a cover connected to the receiving wall and the reflecting wall to seal the opening, and at least one receiver mounted on the receiving wall such that a vertical axis of the receiver is disposed at a non-zero angle relative to the vertical axis of the housing, the receiver including at least one photovoltaic cell.
Plesniak; Adam P. (Huntington Beach, CA), Hall; John C. (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL)
12/ 632,268
December 7, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH 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.