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Fiber luminescent solar concentrator with 5.7% conversion efficiency
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Paper Abstract

Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSC’s) are a promising alternative for reducing the cost of solar power. Exploiting the advantages of optical fiber production, we present here a Fiber LSC (FLSC) in which the waveguide is a polymer optical fiber. We present modeling, fabrication and optical characterization of FLSC (conversion efficiency ~ 5.7%) with a hybrid fiber structure for two-stage concentration of incident light. Directional guiding in fiber allows for at least twofold geometrical gain improvement compared to conventional LSC. It also alleviates the size limitation of conventional LSC’s in one direction. Light-weight, flexible solar sheets assembled from such fibers can provide a means for mobile energy needs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8821, High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications VIII, 882102 (9 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2022601
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Esmaeil-Hooman Banaei, CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Ayman F. Abouraddy, CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8821:
High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications VIII
Adam P. Plesniak, Editor(s)

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