Photon collection efficiency of fluorescent solar collectors

Kittidachachan, Pattareeya, Danos, Lefteris, Meyer, Thomas J.J., Alderman, Nicholas and Markvart, Tom (2007) Photon collection efficiency of fluorescent solar collectors CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry, 61, (12), pp. 780-786. (doi:10.2533/chimia.2007.780).


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Photon collection efficiency of fluorescent collectors is examined experimentally and by modelling, with a view to assess the potential of this attractive solar energy technology. The edge fluorescence of single dye collectors based on Rhodamine 6G and Coumarin 540A, manufactured by a simple fabrication technique, is investigated in detail. A novel technique for determination of the collection efficiency is presented based on the traditional model of fluorescent collectors but extended to allow spectral analysis. We show that these results agree well with direct solar cell measurements. General conclusions are presented about fundamental loss mechanisms and about the role of re-absorption of fluorescent light. It is shown that substantial improvements in collector efficiency can be made with the use of photonic fluorescence confinement rather than by total internal reflection.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.2533/chimia.2007.780
ISSNs: 0009-4293 (print)
Keywords: fluorescent collectors, photon collection efficiency, solar energy

Organisations: Engineering Mats & Surface Engineerg Gp
ePrint ID: 49974
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December 2007Published
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:14
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