Patent Number: 8,088,994

Title: Light concentrating modules, systems and methods

Abstract: A light concentrating module for transforming light into at least one of electrical and thermal energy is provided. The light concentrating module may be coupled in flow communication with a fluid conversion module and include a primary optical element that has a reflective surface with a plurality of contoured sections. Each contoured section is shaped to reflect light that impinges the contoured section toward a corresponding focal region. The module may also have a receiver system that includes a plurality of energy conversion members positioned proximate to corresponding focal regions. The receiver system also has a working fluid passage for carrying a working fluid that absorbs the thermal energy. The working fluid can be conveyed away from the receiver system through a mounting post that holds the receiver system. In addition, the module may also generate electricity.

Inventors: Banin; Yoav (Piedmont, CA), D'Ovidio; Gino (L'Aquila, IT), Lanzara; Giovanni (Rome, IT)

Assignee: Solergy, Inc.

International Classification: H01L 31/0232 (20060101); F24J 2/12 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2020-01-03 0:00:00