Solar sensor including reflective element to transform the angular response

  • US 7,235,765 B2
  • Filed: 05/19/2006
  • Issued: 06/26/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/30/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An apparatus for collecting solar radiation, comprising:

  • a housing including a portion which transmits solar radiation incident thereon, said housing having an interior, said housing including an opaque portion;

    a photo-sensitive electronic device located within said housing and having a photo-responsive surface which receives solar radiation and modifies an electrical signal in response thereto;

    wherein at least a portion of the opaque portion is located between the solar radiation source and said photo-responsive surface; and

    a first reflective surface located in the interior of said housing, said first reflective surface being adapted and configured to reflect radiation toward the photo-responsive surface, wherein said first reflective surface is not located between the opaque portion and the photo-responsive surface.

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