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1. WO2013003123 - METHOD OF PRODUCING POWER FROM A PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL

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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A method of producing power from a photovoltaic panel, the method comprising:

providing the photovoltaic panel, at least a portion of the photovoltaic panel defining a plane, the plane defining a normal; and

updating the position of the panel during at least a portion of a day, the portion of the day including solar noon, wherein updating the position of the panel is based upon whether the solar angle of incidence on the panel falls within a cone defined by an angle of at least 10° about the normal such that

when the solar angle of incidence falls within the cone, the panel remains stationary, and

when the solar angle of incidence falls outside the cone, the panel is moved so that the solar angle of incidence falls within the cone.

2. The method of claim 1, wherein updating the position of the panel includes rotating the panel about at least a first axis.

3. The method of claim 2, wherein the first axis extends in a north-south plane.

4. The method of claim 2, wherein the first axis extends in a horizontal direction.

5. The method of claim 2, wherein updating the position of the panel includes rotating the panel about a second axis.

6. The method of claim 5, wherein the second axis extends in an east- west plane.

7. The method of claim 5, wherein the first axis extends in a vertical direction.

8. The method of claim 1, wherein the cone is defined by an angle of about 10° about the normal.

9. The method of claim 1, wherein the cone is defined by an angle of about 20° about the normal.

10. The method of claim 1, wherein the cone is defined by an angle of about 30° about the normal.

11. The method of claim 1, wherein the portion of the day includes at least four hours.

12. The method of claim 1, wherein the portion of the day includes at least eight hours.

13. The method of claim 1, wherein the portion of the day includes at least twelve hours.

14. The method of claim 1, wherein the photovoltaic panel includes one or more diffusers.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein the one or more diffusers are Lambertian or near-Lambertian diffusers.

16. The method of claim 14, wherein the one or more diffusers account for at least 5% of a light-receiving surface area of the photovoltaic panel.

17. The method of claim 14, wherein the diffusers account for between about 10% and 20% of a light-receiving surface area of the photovoltaic panel.

18. The method of claim 14, wherein the one or more diffusers are configured to reflect more light at an angle greater than about 45° from the normal than to reflect light at an angle that is less than about 45° from the normal.

19. The method of claim 1, wherein an amount of power collected for the portion of the day is increased by at least 3% as compared to a method which moves an array of solar cells so that the array is oriented directly at the sun for the portion of the day.

20. A method of producing power from a photovoltaic panel, the method comprising:

providing the photovoltaic panel, at least a portion of the photovoltaic panel defining a plane, the plane defining a normal; and

updating the position of the panel during at least a portion of a day based upon the solar angle of incidence on the panel, the portion of the day including solar noon, wherein

when the solar angle of incidence falls within a zone defined by first and second cones about the normal axis, the panel remains stationary, and

when the solar angle of incidence falls outside the zone, the panel is moved so that the solar angle of incidence falls within the zone.

21. The method of claim 20, wherein the first cone is defined by an angle of at least 4.3° about the normal and the second cone is defined by an angle of less than 5.3° about the normal.

22. The method of claim 20, wherein the first cone is defined by an angle of at least 3.8° about the normal and the second cone is defined by an angle of less than 5.8° about the normal.

23. The method of claim 20, wherein updating the position of the panel includes rotating the panel about at least a first axis.

24. The method of claim 23, wherein the first axis extends in a north-south plane.

25. The method of claim 23, wherein updating the position of the panel includes rotating the panel about a second axis.

26. The method of claim 25, wherein the second axis extends in an east- west plane.

27. A system for producing electricity, the system comprising:

means for converting solar radiation to electricity, the converting means extending generally in a plane, the plane defining a normal; and

means for updating the position of the converting means during at least a portion of a day, the portion of the day including solar noon, based on whether the solar angle of incidence on the plane falls within a cone of at least 10° about the normal such that

when the solar angle of incidence falls within the cone, the converting means remains stationary, and

when the solar angle of incidence falls outside the cone, the converting means is moved so that the solar angle of incidence falls within the cone.

28. The system of claim 27, wherein the cone is defined by an angle selected from the group consisting of 10°, 20°, and 30° about the normal.