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Conceptual design study of concentrator enhanced solar arrays for space applications Volume 2: Technical

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Concentrator concepts which utilize Kapton mirror material were evaluated and selected for solar array use due to their zero mass. All concepts considered employed thin silicon solar cells. Design requirements for the concentrator were: the cell temperature was not to exceed 150 C; the concentrators were to produce illumination of the array within 15% of being perfectly uniform; the concentrators were to operate while misaligned as much as 5 degrees with the solar axis. Concentrator designs along with mirror structure and configurations are discussed and comparisons are made for optimal space applications

Topics: ENERGY PRODUCTION AND CONVERSION
Year: 1979
OAI identifier: oai:casi.ntrs.nasa.gov:19790024468

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