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Chin. Opt. Lett.
 Home  List of Issues    Issue 07 , Vol. 12 , 2014    10.3788/COL201412.073501

Enhanced efficiency of the luminescent solar concentrator fabricated with an aqueous layer
Yi Zhang1, Song Sun1;2, Rui Kang1, Jun Zhang1, Mengjiao Wang2, Wei Xie1, Wenhao Yan1, Jianjun Ding1;2, Jun Bao1;2, Chen Gao1;2
1 National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials, [University of Science and Technology of China], Hefei 230029, China
2 CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, [University of Science and Technology of China], Hefei 230026, China

Chin. Opt. Lett., 2014, 12(07): pp.073501

Topic:Other areas of optics
Keywords(OCIS Code): 350.6050  040.5350  220.1770  

A novel method for preparing a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) with fluorescent aqueous layer sandwiched between two pieces of flat glass is developed. By this method, an aqueous layer concentrator with a size of 78×78×7 (mm) is fabricated. After coupled with silicon solar cell, the concentrator shows a power conversion efficiency of 3.9%, about 30% higher than that of the same sized laminated glass concentrator employing the same dyes. Furthermore, the measured efficiency almost reaches the calculated limit of the aqueous layer LSC. This kind of aqueous layer LSC offers a potential application in the building-integrated photovoltaics.

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Get Citation: Yi Zhang, Song Sun, Rui Kang, Jun Zhang, Mengjiao Wang, Wei Xie, Wenhao Yan, Jianjun Ding, Jun Bao, Chen Gao, "Enhanced efficiency of the luminescent solar concentrator fabricated with an aqueous layer," Chin. Opt. Lett. 12(07), 073501(2014)

Note: This work was supported by the National "973" Program of China (No. 2012CB922004), the Innovation Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. KJCX2-YWM11), the National Nature Science Foundation of China, and the Chinese Universities Scientific Fund (Nos.WK2310000013 and WK2310000020).


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