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Light Concentrator Panel Architecture and Infrastructure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241366D
Publication Date: 2015-Apr-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 60K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to efficiently collect light from a wide range of angles using a modular, scalable architecture and channel it through an optical infrastructure to a variety of different targets, where it can be used for power generation, heat generation, lighting, and more.

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Light Concentrator Panel Architecture and Infrastructure

The novel contribution is a system to passively and efficiently collect light from a wide range of angles using a modular, scalable architecture, and channel it through an optical infrastructure to a variety of different targets. At these targets, the light can be used for everything from power generation, to heat generation, to lighting.

To implement this system in a preferred embodiment:

1. Light (i.e. ambient solar or laser light) is passively collected over a wide range of angles by an array of Black Hole Wide Angle Light Collectors or equivalent in a hexagonal panel matrix, and then funneled into optical fibers which have modular optical connectors at the panel edges

2. The light collection panels are connected to each other and funnel the collected light flux via optical interconnects into a "Light Pipe" infrastructure, which then transmits it to the area where it is needed

3. A piezoelectric lens or other focusing element directs the collected light across the final distance to specific targets

4. The targets areas use the light for a variety of applications (e.g., power generation, heating, lighting, etc.)

Figure 1: Light Concentrator Panel Architecture and Infrastructure: Expanded Side View

Possible uses:


 Funnel light to a bank of high efficiency solar cells for conversion to electricity with a higher efficiency than is possible with standard mass produced cells. The cells could be placed somewhere more environmentally friendly and protected than is possible when the cells have to be in panels on a house roof and fewer cells could be used for the same power output due not only to higher efficien...