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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

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Electronics Letters, 45,5,. 2009. DOI:10.1049/el:20093617

Abstract

A novel photovoltaic dipole antenna employing a solar concentrator as a reflector is proposed. Four identical emitter-wrap-through rear contact solar cells connected in series as a folded dipole are simultaneously used for power generation and as the antenna radiating element, which is located in the focal line of a parabolic solar concentrator. The parabolic structure acts as a solar concentrator for the photovoltaic cells as well as a reflector for the folded dipole antenna. Full-wave electromagnetic simulation with supportive experimental work validates this design. The measured fractional impedance bandwidth and gain were 21% and 11.1 dBi, respectively. The antenna/solar arrangement provide a power output of 73.7 mW for an irradiance of 1000 Wm22.

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10.1049/el:20093617

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