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Plasmonic nanoparticle based spectral fluid filters for concentrating PV/T collectors
Author(s): Drew DeJarnette; Todd Otanicar; Nick Brekke; Parameswar Hari; Kenneth Roberts; Aaron E. Saunders; Ratson Morad
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Paper Abstract

We propose a design for a concentrating PV/T collector utilizing plasmonic nanoparticles directly suspended in the working fluid to spectrally filter the incoming solar flux. This liquid filter serves two purposes: the direct capture of thermal energy as well as filtering off of key portions of the spectrum before transmission to the PV cell. Our device builds upon the current Cogenra T14 system with a two-pass architecture: the first pass on the back side of the PV cell pre-heating the fluid from any thermalization losses, and the second pass in front of the PV cell to achieve the spectral filtering. Here we present details on the selection of plasmonic nanoparticles for a given cell bandgap as well as the impact to the overall system pumping power and cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2014
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9175, High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Energy Applications IX, 917509 (7 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2064680
Show Author Affiliations
Drew DeJarnette, The Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
Todd Otanicar, The Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
Nick Brekke, The Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
Parameswar Hari, The Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
Kenneth Roberts, The Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
Aaron E. Saunders, nanoComposix, Inc. (United States)
Ratson Morad, Cogenra Solar (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9175:
High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Energy Applications IX
Adam P. Plesniak; Candace Pfefferkorn, Editor(s)

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