Progress in Luminescent Solar Concentrator Research: Solar Energy for the Built Environment

Paul P. C. Verbunt
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Michael G. Debije
Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp110572751

Ingår i: World Renewable Energy Congress - Sweden; 8-13 May; 2011; Linköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57:8, s. 2751-2758

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Publicerad: 2011-11-03

ISBN: 978-91-7393-070-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper presents a concise review of recent research on the luminescent solar concentrator (LSC). The topics covered will include studies of novel luminophores and attempts to limit the losses in the devices; both surface and internal. These efforts include application of organic and inorganic-based selective mirrors which allow sunlight in but reflect emitted light; luminophores alignment to manipulate the emitted light path; and patterning of the dye layer. Finally; the paper will offer some possible ‘glimpses to the future’; and offer some additional research paths that could result in a device that could make solar energy a ubiquitous part of the built environment as sound barriers; bus stop roofs; awnings or siding tiles. Considering the reported efficiencies of the LSC are comparable to those reported for organic PVs; which are also being considered for use in the built environment; the results of the research on the LSC to date warrants more widespread attention.


Solar energy; Luminescent solar concentrator; Building integrated photovoltaics; Review


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