Optimized excitation energy transfer in a three-dye luminescent solar concentrator

Sheldon T. Bailey, Gretchen E. Lokey, Melinda S. Hanes, John D.M. Shearer, Jason B. McLafferty, Gregg T. Beaumont, Timothy T. Baseler, Joshua M. Layhue, Dustin R. Broussard, Yu Zhong Zhang, Bruce Paul Wittmershaus

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Abstract

The spectral range of sunlight absorbed by a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) is increased by using multiple dyes. Absorption, fluorescence, and fluorescence excitation spectra, and relative light output are reported for LSCs made with one, two, or three BODIPY dyes in a thin polymer layer on glass. Losses caused by multiple emission and reabsorption events are minimized by optimizing resonance excitation energy transfer between dyes. Increases in the outputs from the multiple-dye LSCs are directly proportional to increases in the number of photons absorbed. The output of the three-dye LSC is 45-170% higher than those of the single-dye LSCs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-75
Number of pages9
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Volume91
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 5 2007

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Solar concentrators
Excitation energy
Energy transfer
Coloring Agents
Dyes
Fluorescence
Polymers
Photons
Glass

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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Bailey, Sheldon T. ; Lokey, Gretchen E. ; Hanes, Melinda S. ; Shearer, John D.M. ; McLafferty, Jason B. ; Beaumont, Gregg T. ; Baseler, Timothy T. ; Layhue, Joshua M. ; Broussard, Dustin R. ; Zhang, Yu Zhong ; Wittmershaus, Bruce Paul. / Optimized excitation energy transfer in a three-dye luminescent solar concentrator. In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. 2007 ; Vol. 91, No. 1. pp. 67-75.
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Optimized excitation energy transfer in a three-dye luminescent solar concentrator. / Bailey, Sheldon T.; Lokey, Gretchen E.; Hanes, Melinda S.; Shearer, John D.M.; McLafferty, Jason B.; Beaumont, Gregg T.; Baseler, Timothy T.; Layhue, Joshua M.; Broussard, Dustin R.; Zhang, Yu Zhong; Wittmershaus, Bruce Paul.

In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 91, No. 1, 05.01.2007, p. 67-75.

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