U.S. Researchers Experiment With Hybrid PV Concentrated Solar Power Systems

U.S. Researchers Experiment With Hybrid PV Concentrated Solar Power Systems
U.S. Researchers Experiment With Hybrid PV Concentrated Solar Power Systems

The Latest Research Involves Hybrid PV Concentrated Solar Power Systems.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy or ARPA-e as it is known, is a United States government agency tasked with promoting and funding research and development of advanced energy technologies. It is modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

In this recent video, ARPA-E’s Deputy Director for Technology Eric Rohlfing, discusses how the Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program is bringing together the photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) communities to develop hybrid pv concentrated solar energy systems.

The concept is called a solar pv reflector

The concept is called a solar pv reflector and is a hybrid pv concentrated solar combination.

The concept is called a solar pv reflector. So means that it is a concentrated solar reflector that is backed by flexible solar pv cells, giving an added bump in efficiency. This hybrid technology once commercialized is expected to result in the highest possible efficiency of solar conversion for the least amount of investment.

Hybid PV Concentrated Solar Power Systems

This video features interviews with innovators from the FOCUS project team made up by Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, and showcases how the FOCUS program is combining the best elements of two types of solar to get the most out of the full solar spectrum.

I can hardly wait to see the results from this project. Money well spent ARPA-e. Hybrid PV concentrated solar technology may be just what we need.

About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.

1 Comment

  • Bruce Miller says:

    In the end, all forms of energy that hit the earth must be considered. Combining them for practical reasons makes good sense. Being able to select the form of energy we want also makes sense. Even water boiling contraptions that provide hot water heating at night can be improved by finding ever better radiation absorbing surfaces? We are at the infancy of this branch of science. We are still trying to adapt Renewables to our older wood, coal, oil, natural gas,systems(situations). I see a day when we will be able to build better systems(situations) designed to fit renewables. Will this point in our logic for survival be the “Cascade” point in our energy history?
    Long days passed in my lifetime, we once idealized Straw Bale housing for its extremely low cost, ease of construction, and its “R” 60 + insulating factor? Civil Laws forced by local contractors and building suppliers were thrown in our way, crippling any real advances.
    How can humanity rip itself away from these “Status Quo’ blockades and make progress? This is my lament.

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