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Morgan Solar Unveiling Its Light-Guide Solar Optic

February 25, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Morgan Solar has unveiled its Light-Guide Solar Optic (LSO), a thin optical structure made from simple acrylic and glass components that internally concentrates sunlight. The concentrated sunlight is redirected onto small photovoltaic cells attached at the center of the optic.

Morgan Solar claims that the LSO is a completely new concept in the field of low cost concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems. The company states that the design eliminates the bulkiness and the related material costs common to most CPV systems, and that the optical alignment in the system is not affected by thermal expansion.

The company states that heat is dissipated without the need for expensive or sophisticated cooling systems, and extra protection or enclosures are unnecessary. This is said to allows it to build CPV modules that are ultra thin, low cost, lightweight and rugged, and made of proven, long-lasting materials. They are built with simple manufacturing methods, requiring little or no maintenance and is readily adaptable to multiple applications.

The company’s first product to market, the Sun Simba HCPV, is designed for solar farm applications. Demonstration and test installations will begin in 2009, and the first commercial systems will be available in early 2010. The second set of products, the Sun Stream Window and the Sun Block Panel, are designed for building applications and smaller scale demonstration and test systems are also scheduled for 2009, with sales begining sometime after mid 2010.

The Sun Simba HCPV is a new low cost High Concentrated Photovoltaic (HCPV) system based on the proprietary Light-guide Solar Optic (LSO). This product is not yet available, and is still in the prototype and testing stage of development. The company expects the Sun Simba HCPV to be available for in the beginning of 2010.

Each Sun Simba HCPV panel is comprised of a row of 5mm thick LSO optics, coupled to multi-junction photovoltaic cells. The panels are supported by a thin aluminum spine. A complete module is made up of panels arranged into two uneven levels called the Staggered Row design.