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Microsystem enabled photovoltaic modules and systems

United States Patent

9,761,748
September 12, 2017
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A photovoltaic (PV) module includes an absorber layer coupled to an optic layer. The absorber layer includes an array of PV elements. The optic layer includes a close-packed array of Keplerian telescope elements, each corresponding to one of an array of pupil elements. The Keplerian telescope substantially couple radiation that is incident on their objective surfaces into the corresponding pupil elements. Each pupil element relays radiation that is coupled into it from the corresponding Keplerian telescope element into the corresponding PV element.
Nielson; Gregory N. (Albuquerque, NM), Sweatt; William C. (Albuquerque, NM), Okandan; Murat (Edgewood, NM)
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
14/ 686,139
April 14, 2015
This invention was developed under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.