Increased efficiency of luminescent solar concentrators after application of organic wavelength selective mirrors

P.P.C. Verbunt, S. Tsoi, M.G. Debije, D.J. Broer, C.W.M. Bastiaansen, C.-W. Lin, D.K.G. Boer, de

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Abstract

Organic wavelength-selective mirrors are used to reduce the loss of emitted photons through the surface of a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC). A theoretical calculation suggests that application of a 400 nm broad reflector on top of an LSC containing BASF Lumogen Red 305 as a luminophore can reflect 91% of all surface emitted photons back into the device. Used in this way, such broad reflectors could increase the edge-emission efficiency of the LSC by up to 66%. Similarly, 175 nm broad reflectors could increase efficiency up to 45%. Measurements demonstrate more limited effectiveness and dependency on the peak absorbance of the LSC. At higher absorbance, the increased number of internal re-absorption events reduces the effectiveness of the reflectors, leading to a maximum increase in LSC efficiency of ~5% for an LSC with a peak absorbance of 1. Reducing re-absorption by reducing dye concentration or the coverage of the luminophore coating results in an increase in LSC efficiency of up to 30% and 27%, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A655-A668
JournalOptics Express
Volume20
Issue number55
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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