Journal article

A luminescent solar concentrator ray tracing simulator with a graphical user interface: features and applications

Bolong Zhang, Hanbo Yang, Timothy Warner, Paul Mulvaney, Gary Rosengarten, Wallace WH Wong, Kenneth P Ghiggino

METHODS AND APPLICATIONS IN FLUORESCENCE | IOP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

A Monte-Carlo ray tracing simulator with a graphical user interface (MCRTS-GUI) has been developed to provide a quantitative description, performance evaluation and photon loss analysis of luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). The algorithm is applied to several practical LSC device structures including multiple dyes in the same waveguiding layer, and structures where a dye layer is sandwiched between clear substrates. The effect of the host matrix absorption and the influence of the neighboring layers are investigated. Validations demonstrate that the MCRTS-GUI developed provides a reliable and accurate description of LSC performance. Code for the mixed-dye single layer configuration is c..

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Grants

Awarded by ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (CE170100026). This work was also made possible by support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency which funds the project grants within the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP). Responsibility for the views, information, or advice expressed herein is not accepted by the Australian Government. The authors acknowledge Mr Christopher Haines for developing an early version of the Monte Carlo simulation code.