Maximising the light output of a Luminescent Solar Concentrator
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- Solar Energy, 2004, 76 (6), pp. 655 - 667
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Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSC's) are currently being developed so that sunlight may be more fully utilised in place of conventional lighting sources. In order to optimise the light output of an LSC, various collector properties including fluorescent dye concentration, collector dimensions and matrix quality have been investigated. This study, involving measurement and computer modelling of the light transport in a single colour LSC, shows that luminous output is highly sensitive to weak extinction processes in the emission spectral band. These fine details in the loss spectrum play a key role in determining the output and efficiency of an LSC system. The separation of dye and matrix losses enables a quantitative study of the effect of matrix optical quality on performance. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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