Reported here is the development, using results of analysis and experiments, and optimization of a numerical model for a concentrated photovoltaic system. Models for the two major components of the system (cooling system and receiver) are developed separately from one another and then linked to simulate the performance for the entire system. The model is linked to yearly weather data and the optimization routines included in MATLAB are then used to select the input parameters (pump size, number of radiators, fan speed, etc.) which maximize the solar to electrical conversion efficiency of the system.

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