Design of a reflectarray element integrated in a Solar Cell panel

Philippe Dreyer, Juan Sebastian Gomez Diaz, Julien Perruisseau-Carrier

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Abstract

This paper addresses the integration of a reflectarray antenna (RA) on a thin film Solar Cell (SC) panel, as a mean to save real estate and cost in platforms such as satellites. The challenge is to design a good reflectarray cell in terms of phase and bandwidth, while simultaneously achieving high optical transparency and low microwave reflection loss, so as to preserve good SC and RA energy efficiencies, respectively. Since there is a tradeoff between the transparency and surface conductivity of a conductor, the choice of the conductive material to be used for the RA cell is an important design variable, in addition to all geometrical parameters optimized. The results obtained demonstrate the feasibility of an integrated RA on SC, preserving for the first time both SC and microwave performances. For instance, microwave loss of 1.15 dB and optical transparency of 92% using a TCO transparent conductor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2013 - Proceedings
Pages1558-1559
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2013 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Jul 7 2013Jul 13 2013

Other

Other2013 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2013
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period7/7/137/13/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Dreyer, P., Gomez Diaz, J. S., & Perruisseau-Carrier, J. (2013). Design of a reflectarray element integrated in a Solar Cell panel. In 2013 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2013 - Proceedings (pp. 1558-1559). [6711438] https://doi.org/10.1109/APS.2013.6711438