Abstract

The effects of shape and photovoltaic cell placement on efficiency are studied for luminescent solar concentrators. The mean path length of light rays is found to be a poor measure of performance. Simple arguments based on a method of images show that the efficiency grows linearly with detector size h, saturating at hπA/λ, where A is the captation area of the collector, and λ is the attenuation length of radiation in the medium. Monte Carlo simulations confirm that efficiency is relatively independent of collector geometry.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

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