Every photon counts: Understanding and optimizing photon paths in luminescent solar concentrator-based photomicroreactors (LSC-PMs)

Dario Cambié, Fang Zhao, Volker Hessel, Michael G. Debije, Timothy Noël

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Abstract

Luminescent solar concentrator-based photomicroreactors (LSC-PMs) have been recently proposed for sustainable and energy-efficient photochemical reactions. Herein, a Monte Carlo ray tracing algorithm to simulate photon paths within LSC-PMs was developed and experimentally validated. The simulation results were then used to investigate the expected efficiency of scaled-up devices. A novel metric, defined as the 'Average Photon Path Traveled in the Device' (APPTD), was introduced to measure the impact of different channel design choices and to rationalize the LSC-PM improvement over traditional LSC. The simulation results suggest that the combination of luminescent solar concentrators and continuous-flow photochemistry has the potential to become the most photon-efficient application of LSCs reported to date.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-566
Number of pages6
JournalReaction Chemistry and Engineering
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

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