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EV-3 under load ~ 2000 lbs.

EV-3 under load ~ 2000 lbs.


EV-3 in assembly

EV-3 in assembly

This shows the cells in the tub prior to the optic assembly


Close up of EV-3 in assembly

Close up of EV-3 in assembly

This shows the silicon cells underneath the concentrating optics.


EV-3 in sun - 50X on silicon

EV-3 in sun - 50X on silicon


EV-3 mounted on our movable platform

EV-3 mounted on our movable platform


EV-3 vs. EV-2

EV-3 vs. EV-2

This shows the evolution of our design. On the right is EV-3 - notice the corrugation for thermal management. EV-2 was much cruder design and did not have the universal axle structure (tribe). EV-3 is 1.4m2 and EV-2 is 1.7m2. The final design will be 1.566m2.


Close up of EV-3

Close up of EV-3

This is our third prototype - 50X concentration on silicon. Black gears interconnect the optics and all rotate in unison by a small stepper motor.


Close up of top optic - prototype

Close up of top optic - prototype

Design optic will be 182mm diameter vs. 120mm diameter shown.


EV-4 assembly drawing with glass mount

EV-4 assembly drawing with glass mount


EV-4 prototype engineering render - 1.56m2 ~11inches thick

EV-4 prototype engineering render - 1.56m2 ~11inches thick

500X concentration on III-V cells (48 - 5.5mm cells by 5.5mm cells with truncated prism lightpipe) 278W peak - no AR coatings - with AR 310W

Fixed mount - no external tracking - no setup.


EV-4 showing tub and optics integration

EV-4 showing tub and optics integration