Morgan Solar’s uses what it is calling a “Light-guide Solar Optic”. Rather than designs that use lenses or reflectors, Morgan solar panel concentrates sunlight 750 times onto multi-layered solar cells at the edge of the plastic. Made of acrylic, which is extremely low cost, this CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) is 100% recyclable.
Morgan Solar claims that their Sun Simba HCPV (High Concentrating Photo Voltaic) panels will cost one-quarter as much as other designs, which use lenses or reflectors to concentrate light on to photo voltaic cells.
Via Brooklyn Treeugger Matthew McDermott, we learn from an interview with Morgan Solar’s director of business development Nicolas Morgan some of the detail of the CSP system:
Two triangular optics are put together in a package about the size and shape of a CD case, each drawing light to one corner of the concentrator [...] A panel will consist of 80 to 100 of these CD-case-like arrangements [...] By guiding light to the edge – not the bottom – of a panel, the concentrator releases heat instead of trapping it and doesn't overheat.