Reliability of commercial triple junction concentrator solar cells under real climatic conditions and its influence on electricity cost

Vázquez López, Manuel and Tamayo Arriola, Julen and Orlando, Vincenzo and Núñez Mendoza, Neftalí and Alburquerque del Hoyo, Olga and Algora del Valle, Carlos (2017). Reliability of commercial triple junction concentrator solar cells under real climatic conditions and its influence on electricity cost. "Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications", v. 25 (n. 11); pp. 905-918. ISSN 1062-7995. https://doi.org/10.1002/pip.2902.

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Title: Reliability of commercial triple junction concentrator solar cells under real climatic conditions and its influence on electricity cost
Author/s:
  • Vázquez López, Manuel
  • Tamayo Arriola, Julen
  • Orlando, Vincenzo
  • Núñez Mendoza, Neftalí
  • Alburquerque del Hoyo, Olga
  • Algora del Valle, Carlos
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Date: November 2017
Volume: 25
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: CPV; LCOE; reliability; real application; location influence
Faculty: E.T.S.I. y Sistemas de Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Electrónica Física
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

This paper proposes a methodology for assessing the concentrator solar cell reliability in a real application for a given location provided the results from accelerated life tests. We have applied this methodology for the evaluation of warranty times of commercial triple junction solar cells operating inside real concentrator modules in Golden (Colorado, USA), Madrid (Spain) and Tucson (Arizona, USA) for the period 2012–2015. Warranty times in Golden and Madrid, namely, 68 and 31 years, respectively, for the analysed period, indicate the robustness of commercial triple junction solar cells. Nevertheless, the warranty time of 15 years for Tucson suggests the need of improvement in the heat extraction of the solar cell within the concentrator module. Therefore, the influence of the location on the reliability of concentrator solar cells is huge, and it has no sense to supply general reliability values for a given concentrator product. The influence of these warranty times for the three locations on the levelised cost of electricity has been analysed. Cost of €c10–12/kWh can be achieved nowadays, while after 1 GWp cumulative installed power, a dramatic reduction to levels of €c2–3/kWh is achievable.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainTEC2014-54260-C3-1-PUnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified
Government of SpainPCIN2015-181-C02-02UnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified
Madrid Regional GovernmentS2013/MAE-2780UnspecifiedUnspecifiedMateriales, dispositivos y tecnología para el desarrollo de la industria fotovoltaica

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Item ID: 50305
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/50305/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:50305
DOI: 10.1002/pip.2902
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/pip.2902
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 27 Apr 2018 14:56
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2018 22:30
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