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A Preliminary Investigation on the Photothermal Properties of Luminescent Solar Concentrators

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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX 77005, USA
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Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal 23955, Saudi Arabia
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School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA
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Academic Editor: Diogo Canavarro
Optics 2021, 2(3), 148-154; https://doi.org/10.3390/opt2030014
Received: 11 July 2021 / Revised: 29 July 2021 / Accepted: 2 August 2021 / Published: 5 August 2021
Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) are considered promising photovoltaic (PV) devices to circumvent practical issues of applying conventional solar panels to the built environment. However, LSCs suffer from low power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) (typically <2% for devices of over 1 m2), despite numerous efforts having been made to develop novel luminescent materials and optical techniques. In this report, we proposed to utilize photothermal (PT) energy of the LSCs to further improve the PCE. We conducted a preliminary investigation on the PV and PT properties of an LSC with dimensions of 300 mm × 300 mm × 5 mm. The results showed that the PT power (27.05 W) was much higher than the PV power (2.12 W). Further analysis indicated that the PCE could reach 3.41% for a device of 1 m2. View Full-Text
Keywords: luminescent solar concentrator; photovoltaic; photothermal; ray-tracing simulation luminescent solar concentrator; photovoltaic; photothermal; ray-tracing simulation
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Li, Y.; Sun, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Dong, W. A Preliminary Investigation on the Photothermal Properties of Luminescent Solar Concentrators. Optics 2021, 2, 148-154. https://doi.org/10.3390/opt2030014

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Li Y, Sun Y, Zhang Y, Dong W. A Preliminary Investigation on the Photothermal Properties of Luminescent Solar Concentrators. Optics. 2021; 2(3):148-154. https://doi.org/10.3390/opt2030014

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Li, Yilin, Yujian Sun, Yongcao Zhang, and Wenji Dong. 2021. "A Preliminary Investigation on the Photothermal Properties of Luminescent Solar Concentrators" Optics 2, no. 3: 148-154. https://doi.org/10.3390/opt2030014

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