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Solar photovoltaic reflective trough collection structure

United States Patent

November 17, 2015
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A photovoltaic (PV) solar concentration structure having at least two troughs encapsulated in a rectangular parallelepiped optical plastic structure, with the troughs filled with an optical plastic material, the troughs each having a reflective internal surface and approximately parabolic geometry, and the troughs each including photovoltaic cells situated so that light impinging on the optical plastic material will be concentrated onto the photovoltaic cells. Multiple structures can be connected to provide a solar photovoltaic collection system that provides portable, efficient, low-cost electrical power.
Anderson; Benjamin J. (Albuquerque, NM), Sweatt; William C. (Albuquerque, NM), Okandan; Murat (Edgewood, NM), Nielson; Gregory N. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 894,772
September 30, 2010
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The Government has rights to this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.