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Environmental stability study of holographic solar spectrum splitting materials
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Paper Abstract

In this study the impact of outdoor temperature variations and solar illumination exposure on spectral filter material and holographic optical elements is examined. Although holographic components have been shown to be useful for solar spectrum splitting designs, relatively little quantitative data exist to demonstrate the extent to which these materials can withstand outdoor conditions. As researchers seek to investigate practical spectrum splitting designs, the environmental stability of holographic materials should be considered as an important factor. In the experiment presented, two holographic materials, Covestro Bayfol HX photopolymer and dichromated gelatin, and 3M reflective polymer filter materials are exposed to outdoor conditions for a period of several months. The environmental effect on absorption, spectral and angular bandwidth, peak efficiency, and Bragg matching conditions for the holograms are examined. Spectral bandwidth and transmittance of the 3M reflective filter material are also monitored. Holographic gratings are recorded, measured, and mounted on glass substrates and then sealed with a glass cover plate. The test samples are then mounted on a photovoltaic panel to simulate realistic temperature conditions and placed at an outdoor test facility in Tucson, Arizona. A duplicate set of holograms and 3M filter material is stored as a control group and periodically compared over the test period.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2016
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9937, Next Generation Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion VII, 99370N (23 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2237071
Show Author Affiliations
Benjamin D. Chrysler, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Silvana Ayala Pelaez, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Yuechen Wu, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Shelby D. Vorndran, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Raymond K. Kostuk, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9937:
Next Generation Technologies for Solar Energy Conversion VII
Oleg V. Sulima; Gavin Conibeer, Editor(s)

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