Recent development in the optics of luminescent solar concentration

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Abstract

Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) were developed over three decades ago as a simple route to obtain high concentration ratio for photovoltaic cells without tracking the sun. Despite their exciting theoretical potential, LSCs have thus far reached only modest concentration ratio in practice. Here, we introduce two new approaches to LSC optical design that enable significant increases in concentration ratio for any type of luminescent material. First, we discuss the conceptual basis for nonimaging optics in luminescent concentration and then present exact ray tracing results for the simplest implementation of compound parabolic concentrator-shaped edges that deliver ∼15% increase in concentration ratio with negligible decrease in optical efficiency. Second, we extend the recently introduced concept of resonance-shifting to the case of shaped substrates and demonstrate that light can be channeled through an LSC with low loss and localized at specific points, opening up entirely new directions in LSC design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhotonics for Solar Energy Systems IV
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 12 2012
EventPhotonics for Solar Energy Systems IV - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: Apr 16 2012Apr 18 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume8438
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherPhotonics for Solar Energy Systems IV
CountryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period4/16/124/18/12

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Solar concentrators
Concentrator
concentrators
Optics
optics
Nonimaging Optics
Optical design
Photovoltaic cells
Ray tracing
Sun
photovoltaic cells
Ray Tracing
Optical Design
ray tracing
sun
Substrate
routes
Substrates
Decrease
Cell

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Giebink, N. C. (2012). Recent development in the optics of luminescent solar concentration. In Photonics for Solar Energy Systems IV [84380V] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 8438). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.922144
Giebink, Noel C. / Recent development in the optics of luminescent solar concentration. Photonics for Solar Energy Systems IV. 2012. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering).
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