Journal article

Emissive Molecular Aggregates and Energy Migration in Luminescent Solar Concentrators

James L Banal, Bolong Zhang, David J Jones, Kenneth P Ghiggino, Wallace WH Wong

Accounts of Chemical Research | American Chemical Society | Published : 2017

Abstract

Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) are light harvesting devices that are ideally suited to light collection in the urban environment where direct sunlight is often not available. LSCs consist of highly luminescent compounds embedded or coated on a transparent substrate that absorb diffuse or direct solar radiation over a large area. The resulting luminescence is trapped in the waveguide by total internal reflection to the thin edges of the substrate where the concentrated light can be used to improve the performance of photovoltaic devices. The concept of LSCs has been around for several decades, and yet the efficiencies of current devices are still below expectations for commercial viab..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was made possible by support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which funds the project grants within the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics. W.W.H.W. is supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship (FT130100500).