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Volume 1, Issue 1      January 1994


Article review: Ugar Ortabasi, "A Hardened Solar Concentrator System for Space Power Generation: Photovoltaic Cavity Converter (PVCC)" Space Technology, 1993, pp. 513-523 (Pergamon Press). This article proposes a space-based solar collection device that may be a possible step from traditional arrays to anticipated giant reflector/concentrator dishes. The Photovoltaic Cavity Converter (PVCC) is used in conjuction with a Cassegrainian mirror system so that all of the light collected falls upon the optical window of the PVCC. The PVCC is a sphere similar to the human eyeball that acts as a perfect blackbody absorber while protecting the photovoltaic cells lining its interior from the space environment. -- Mark Ciotola.

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National Solar Power Research Institute, Inc., © 1994.
Editor - Mark Ciotola; Assoc. Editor - A. To; Publisher - Peter Spangler. Contributing writers: Abdoulaye Yansane, Jean Wu, Ri-Xi Liang, Zilian Tang. Directors: Ri-Gui Dalia Liang and Mark Ciotola. Subscriptions: 50 reimbursement per issue domestic / 23 plus postage foreign. A matching donation is suggested, but optional. Limited number of free copies available. Mail subscriptions and correspondence to the National Solar Power Research Institute, Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue Suite E3248, San Francisco, CA 94102. V1 I1.