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Journal of Photonics for Energy

Size- and structure-dependent efficiency enhancement for luminescent solar concentrators
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Paper Abstract

Size- and structure-dependent efficiency enhancement methods are studied for luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) fabricated by casting organic laser dyes into PMMA matrixes. The enhancement are achieved mainly by attaching a white diffuser with an airgap at the bottom of the LSC and adding refractive index matched optical gel between the LSC's edges and the attached photovoltaic cells. The size-dependent efficiency enhancement is studied for a single layer by changing the size up to 120 cm. The results show that the enhancement from the white diffuser drops and then tends to plateau at a certain size of LSC. This also applies to multilayer LSCs. Together with optical gel, the efficiency enhancement is higher for multilayer structures than that for single layers. We also demonstrate the optimal length for the design of LSCs due to reabsorption of dyes. These results could be applied to optimize the design of other LSCs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 2011
PDF: 9 pages
J. Photon. Energy. 1(1) 015502 doi: 10.1117/1.3534864
Published in: Journal of Photonics for Energy Volume 1, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Chunhua Wang, Univ. of California, Merced (United States)
Roland Winston, Univ. of California, Merced (United States)
Weiya Zhang, Univ. of California, Merced (United States)
David G. Pelka, Pelka & Associates Inc. (United States)
Sue A. Carter, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)


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