Abstract

In this paper, Monte Carlo simulations were performed to determine the potential efficiencies of luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) systems using PbSe quantum dots (QDs) as the active fluorescent material. The simulation results suggest that PbSe QD LSCs display good absorption characteristics, but yield limited LSC power conversion efficiency due to self-absorption and down-conversion loss. It is proposed that the self-absorption loss can be reduced by utilizing Förster resonance energy transfer between two different sizes of PbSe QDs, yielding pronounced improvement in the optical efficiency of LSCs.

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[CrossRef]

2005

A. F. Mansour, H. M. A. Killa, S. Abd El-Wanees, and M. Y. El-Sayed, “Laser dyes doped with poly(ST-Co-MMA) as fluorescent solar collectors and their field performance,” Polym. Test. 24(4), 519–525 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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W. W. Yu, J. C. Falkner, B. S. Shih, and V. L. Colvin, “Preparation and characterization of monodisperse PbSe semiconductor nanocrystals in a noncoordinating solvent,” Chem. Mater. 16(17), 3318–3322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003

A. J. Chatten, K. W. J. Barnham, B. F. Buxton, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, and M. A. Malik, “A new approach to modelling quantum dot concentrators,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 75(3–4), 363–371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002

A. F. Mansour, M. G. El-Shaarawy, S. M. El-Bashir, M. K. El-Mansy, and M. Hammam, “A qualitative study and field performance for a fluorescent solar collector,” Polym. Test. 21(3), 277–281 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Du, C. Chen, R. Krishnan, T. D. Krauss, J. M. Harbold, F. W. Wise, M. G. Thomas, and J. Silcox, “Optical properties of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals,” Nano Lett. 2(11), 1321–1324 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2000

K. Barnham, J. L. Marques, J. Hassard, and P. O’Brien, “Quantum-dot concentrator and thermodynamic model for the global redshift,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 76(9), 1197–1199 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1981

1977

A. Goetzberger and W. Greubel, “Solar energy conversion with fluorescent collectors,” Appl. Phys. (Berl.) 14(2), 123–139 (1977).
[CrossRef]

1976

Abd El-Wanees, S.

A. F. Mansour, H. M. A. Killa, S. Abd El-Wanees, and M. Y. El-Sayed, “Laser dyes doped with poly(ST-Co-MMA) as fluorescent solar collectors and their field performance,” Polym. Test. 24(4), 519–525 (2005).
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Baileya, S. T.

M. G. Hyldahl, S. T. Baileya, and B. P. Wittmershaus, “Photo-stability and performance of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in luminescent solar concentrators,” Sol. Energy 83(4), 566–573 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Baldo, M. A.

M. J. Currie, J. K. Mapel, T. D. Heidel, S. Goffri, and M. A. Baldo, “High-efficiency organic solar concentrators for photovoltaics,” Science 321(5886), 226–228 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Barnham, K.

K. Barnham, J. L. Marques, J. Hassard, and P. O’Brien, “Quantum-dot concentrator and thermodynamic model for the global redshift,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 76(9), 1197–1199 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Barnham, K. W. J.

A. J. Chatten, K. W. J. Barnham, B. F. Buxton, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, and M. A. Malik, “A new approach to modelling quantum dot concentrators,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 75(3–4), 363–371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Bastiaansen, C. W. M.

M. G. Debije, J. Teunissen, M. J. Kastelijn, P. P. C. Verbunt, and C. W. M. Bastiaansen, “The effect of a scattering layer on the edge output of a luminescent solar concentrator,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 93(8), 1345–1350 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Batchelder, J. S.

Beard, M. C.

O. E. Semonin, J. C. Johnson, J. M. Luther, A. G. Midgett, A. J. Nozik, and M. C. Beard, “Absolute photoluminescence quantum yields of IR-26 dye, PbS, and PbSe quantum dots,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 1(16), 2445–2450 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Buxton, B. F.

A. J. Chatten, K. W. J. Barnham, B. F. Buxton, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, and M. A. Malik, “A new approach to modelling quantum dot concentrators,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 75(3–4), 363–371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Carter, S. A.

V. Sholin, J. D. Olson, and S. A. Carter, “Semiconducting polymers and quantum dots in luminescent solar concentrators for solar energy harvesting,” J. Appl. Phys. 101(12), 123114 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Chatten, A. J.

A. J. Chatten, K. W. J. Barnham, B. F. Buxton, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, and M. A. Malik, “A new approach to modelling quantum dot concentrators,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 75(3–4), 363–371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Chen, C.

H. Du, C. Chen, R. Krishnan, T. D. Krauss, J. M. Harbold, F. W. Wise, M. G. Thomas, and J. Silcox, “Optical properties of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals,” Nano Lett. 2(11), 1321–1324 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Cole, T.

Colvin, V. L.

W. W. Yu, J. C. Falkner, B. S. Shih, and V. L. Colvin, “Preparation and characterization of monodisperse PbSe semiconductor nanocrystals in a noncoordinating solvent,” Chem. Mater. 16(17), 3318–3322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Currie, M. J.

M. J. Currie, J. K. Mapel, T. D. Heidel, S. Goffri, and M. A. Baldo, “High-efficiency organic solar concentrators for photovoltaics,” Science 321(5886), 226–228 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Debije, M. G.

M. G. Debije, J. Teunissen, M. J. Kastelijn, P. P. C. Verbunt, and C. W. M. Bastiaansen, “The effect of a scattering layer on the edge output of a luminescent solar concentrator,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 93(8), 1345–1350 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Du, H.

H. Du, C. Chen, R. Krishnan, T. D. Krauss, J. M. Harbold, F. W. Wise, M. G. Thomas, and J. Silcox, “Optical properties of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals,” Nano Lett. 2(11), 1321–1324 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Eames, P. C.

S. J. Gallagher, B. Norton, and P. C. Eames, “Quantum dot solar concentrators: Electrical conversion efficiencies and comparative concentrating factors of fabricated devices,” Sol. Energy 81(6), 813–821 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Ekins-Daukes, N. J.

A. J. Chatten, K. W. J. Barnham, B. F. Buxton, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, and M. A. Malik, “A new approach to modelling quantum dot concentrators,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 75(3–4), 363–371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

El-Bashir, S. M.

A. F. Mansour, M. G. El-Shaarawy, S. M. El-Bashir, M. K. El-Mansy, and M. Hammam, “A qualitative study and field performance for a fluorescent solar collector,” Polym. Test. 21(3), 277–281 (2002).
[CrossRef]

El-Mansy, M. K.

A. F. Mansour, M. G. El-Shaarawy, S. M. El-Bashir, M. K. El-Mansy, and M. Hammam, “A qualitative study and field performance for a fluorescent solar collector,” Polym. Test. 21(3), 277–281 (2002).
[CrossRef]

El-Sayed, M. Y.

A. F. Mansour, H. M. A. Killa, S. Abd El-Wanees, and M. Y. El-Sayed, “Laser dyes doped with poly(ST-Co-MMA) as fluorescent solar collectors and their field performance,” Polym. Test. 24(4), 519–525 (2005).
[CrossRef]

El-Shaarawy, M. G.

A. F. Mansour, M. G. El-Shaarawy, S. M. El-Bashir, M. K. El-Mansy, and M. Hammam, “A qualitative study and field performance for a fluorescent solar collector,” Polym. Test. 21(3), 277–281 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Falkner, J. C.

W. W. Yu, J. C. Falkner, B. S. Shih, and V. L. Colvin, “Preparation and characterization of monodisperse PbSe semiconductor nanocrystals in a noncoordinating solvent,” Chem. Mater. 16(17), 3318–3322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Flamand, G.

J. Van der Heide, N. E. Posthuma, G. Flamand, W. Geens, and J. Poortmans, “Development of low‐cost thermophotovoltaic cells using germanium substrates,” AIP Conf. Proc. 890, 129–138 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Gallagher, S. J.

S. J. Gallagher, B. Norton, and P. C. Eames, “Quantum dot solar concentrators: Electrical conversion efficiencies and comparative concentrating factors of fabricated devices,” Sol. Energy 81(6), 813–821 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Geens, W.

J. Van der Heide, N. E. Posthuma, G. Flamand, W. Geens, and J. Poortmans, “Development of low‐cost thermophotovoltaic cells using germanium substrates,” AIP Conf. Proc. 890, 129–138 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Ghosh, S.

G. V. Shcherbatyuk, R. H. Inman, C. Wang, R. Winston, and S. Ghosh, “Viability of using near infrared PbS quantum dots as active materials in luminescent solar concentrators,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96(19), 191901 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Goetzberger, A.

A. Goetzberger and W. Greubel, “Solar energy conversion with fluorescent collectors,” Appl. Phys. (Berl.) 14(2), 123–139 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Goffri, S.

M. J. Currie, J. K. Mapel, T. D. Heidel, S. Goffri, and M. A. Baldo, “High-efficiency organic solar concentrators for photovoltaics,” Science 321(5886), 226–228 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Greubel, W.

A. Goetzberger and W. Greubel, “Solar energy conversion with fluorescent collectors,” Appl. Phys. (Berl.) 14(2), 123–139 (1977).
[CrossRef]

Hammam, M.

A. F. Mansour, M. G. El-Shaarawy, S. M. El-Bashir, M. K. El-Mansy, and M. Hammam, “A qualitative study and field performance for a fluorescent solar collector,” Polym. Test. 21(3), 277–281 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Harbold, J. M.

H. Du, C. Chen, R. Krishnan, T. D. Krauss, J. M. Harbold, F. W. Wise, M. G. Thomas, and J. Silcox, “Optical properties of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals,” Nano Lett. 2(11), 1321–1324 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Hassard, J.

K. Barnham, J. L. Marques, J. Hassard, and P. O’Brien, “Quantum-dot concentrator and thermodynamic model for the global redshift,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 76(9), 1197–1199 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Heidel, T. D.

M. J. Currie, J. K. Mapel, T. D. Heidel, S. Goffri, and M. A. Baldo, “High-efficiency organic solar concentrators for photovoltaics,” Science 321(5886), 226–228 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hyldahl, M. G.

M. G. Hyldahl, S. T. Baileya, and B. P. Wittmershaus, “Photo-stability and performance of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in luminescent solar concentrators,” Sol. Energy 83(4), 566–573 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Inman, R. H.

G. V. Shcherbatyuk, R. H. Inman, C. Wang, R. Winston, and S. Ghosh, “Viability of using near infrared PbS quantum dots as active materials in luminescent solar concentrators,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96(19), 191901 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Johnson, J. C.

O. E. Semonin, J. C. Johnson, J. M. Luther, A. G. Midgett, A. J. Nozik, and M. C. Beard, “Absolute photoluminescence quantum yields of IR-26 dye, PbS, and PbSe quantum dots,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 1(16), 2445–2450 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Kastelijn, M. J.

M. G. Debije, J. Teunissen, M. J. Kastelijn, P. P. C. Verbunt, and C. W. M. Bastiaansen, “The effect of a scattering layer on the edge output of a luminescent solar concentrator,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 93(8), 1345–1350 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Killa, H. M. A.

A. F. Mansour, H. M. A. Killa, S. Abd El-Wanees, and M. Y. El-Sayed, “Laser dyes doped with poly(ST-Co-MMA) as fluorescent solar collectors and their field performance,” Polym. Test. 24(4), 519–525 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Krauss, T. D.

H. Du, C. Chen, R. Krishnan, T. D. Krauss, J. M. Harbold, F. W. Wise, M. G. Thomas, and J. Silcox, “Optical properties of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals,” Nano Lett. 2(11), 1321–1324 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Krishnan, R.

H. Du, C. Chen, R. Krishnan, T. D. Krauss, J. M. Harbold, F. W. Wise, M. G. Thomas, and J. Silcox, “Optical properties of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals,” Nano Lett. 2(11), 1321–1324 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Lambe, J.

Luther, J. M.

O. E. Semonin, J. C. Johnson, J. M. Luther, A. G. Midgett, A. J. Nozik, and M. C. Beard, “Absolute photoluminescence quantum yields of IR-26 dye, PbS, and PbSe quantum dots,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 1(16), 2445–2450 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Malik, M. A.

A. J. Chatten, K. W. J. Barnham, B. F. Buxton, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, and M. A. Malik, “A new approach to modelling quantum dot concentrators,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 75(3–4), 363–371 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Mansour, A. F.

A. F. Mansour, H. M. A. Killa, S. Abd El-Wanees, and M. Y. El-Sayed, “Laser dyes doped with poly(ST-Co-MMA) as fluorescent solar collectors and their field performance,” Polym. Test. 24(4), 519–525 (2005).
[CrossRef]

A. F. Mansour, M. G. El-Shaarawy, S. M. El-Bashir, M. K. El-Mansy, and M. Hammam, “A qualitative study and field performance for a fluorescent solar collector,” Polym. Test. 21(3), 277–281 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Mapel, J. K.

M. J. Currie, J. K. Mapel, T. D. Heidel, S. Goffri, and M. A. Baldo, “High-efficiency organic solar concentrators for photovoltaics,” Science 321(5886), 226–228 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Marques, J. L.

K. Barnham, J. L. Marques, J. Hassard, and P. O’Brien, “Quantum-dot concentrator and thermodynamic model for the global redshift,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 76(9), 1197–1199 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Midgett, A. G.

O. E. Semonin, J. C. Johnson, J. M. Luther, A. G. Midgett, A. J. Nozik, and M. C. Beard, “Absolute photoluminescence quantum yields of IR-26 dye, PbS, and PbSe quantum dots,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 1(16), 2445–2450 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Norton, B.

S. J. Gallagher, B. Norton, and P. C. Eames, “Quantum dot solar concentrators: Electrical conversion efficiencies and comparative concentrating factors of fabricated devices,” Sol. Energy 81(6), 813–821 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Nozik, A. J.

O. E. Semonin, J. C. Johnson, J. M. Luther, A. G. Midgett, A. J. Nozik, and M. C. Beard, “Absolute photoluminescence quantum yields of IR-26 dye, PbS, and PbSe quantum dots,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 1(16), 2445–2450 (2010).
[CrossRef]

O’Brien, P.

K. Barnham, J. L. Marques, J. Hassard, and P. O’Brien, “Quantum-dot concentrator and thermodynamic model for the global redshift,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 76(9), 1197–1199 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Olson, J. D.

V. Sholin, J. D. Olson, and S. A. Carter, “Semiconducting polymers and quantum dots in luminescent solar concentrators for solar energy harvesting,” J. Appl. Phys. 101(12), 123114 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Poortmans, J.

J. Van der Heide, N. E. Posthuma, G. Flamand, W. Geens, and J. Poortmans, “Development of low‐cost thermophotovoltaic cells using germanium substrates,” AIP Conf. Proc. 890, 129–138 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Posthuma, N. E.

J. Van der Heide, N. E. Posthuma, G. Flamand, W. Geens, and J. Poortmans, “Development of low‐cost thermophotovoltaic cells using germanium substrates,” AIP Conf. Proc. 890, 129–138 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Richards, B. S.

B. C. Rowan, L. R. Wilson, and B. S. Richards, “Advanced material concepts for luminescent solar concentrators,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 14(5), 1312–1322 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Rowan, B. C.

B. C. Rowan, L. R. Wilson, and B. S. Richards, “Advanced material concepts for luminescent solar concentrators,” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 14(5), 1312–1322 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Semonin, O. E.

O. E. Semonin, J. C. Johnson, J. M. Luther, A. G. Midgett, A. J. Nozik, and M. C. Beard, “Absolute photoluminescence quantum yields of IR-26 dye, PbS, and PbSe quantum dots,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 1(16), 2445–2450 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Shcherbatyuk, G. V.

G. V. Shcherbatyuk, R. H. Inman, C. Wang, R. Winston, and S. Ghosh, “Viability of using near infrared PbS quantum dots as active materials in luminescent solar concentrators,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 96(19), 191901 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Shih, B. S.

W. W. Yu, J. C. Falkner, B. S. Shih, and V. L. Colvin, “Preparation and characterization of monodisperse PbSe semiconductor nanocrystals in a noncoordinating solvent,” Chem. Mater. 16(17), 3318–3322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Sholin, V.

V. Sholin, J. D. Olson, and S. A. Carter, “Semiconducting polymers and quantum dots in luminescent solar concentrators for solar energy harvesting,” J. Appl. Phys. 101(12), 123114 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Silcox, J.

H. Du, C. Chen, R. Krishnan, T. D. Krauss, J. M. Harbold, F. W. Wise, M. G. Thomas, and J. Silcox, “Optical properties of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals,” Nano Lett. 2(11), 1321–1324 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Teunissen, J.

M. G. Debije, J. Teunissen, M. J. Kastelijn, P. P. C. Verbunt, and C. W. M. Bastiaansen, “The effect of a scattering layer on the edge output of a luminescent solar concentrator,” Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 93(8), 1345–1350 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Thomas, M. G.

H. Du, C. Chen, R. Krishnan, T. D. Krauss, J. M. Harbold, F. W. Wise, M. G. Thomas, and J. Silcox, “Optical properties of colloidal PbSe nanocrystals,” Nano Lett. 2(11), 1321–1324 (2002).
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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Absorption spectra (percent absorption vs. wavelength) at PbSe QD solution concentrations of 0.35 μM, 1.1 μM, 5.3 μM and 39.6 μM and emission spectrum (normalized PL intensity vs. wavelength) of PbSe QDs in a 5 mm thick container.

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Fig. 2

Absorption efficiency (ηabs) vs. PbSe QD concentration (c) for simulated 2.5, 5.0, and 10mm thick LSCs with c ranging from 0.1 to 50 μM.

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Fig. 3

Self-absorption efficiency (ηSA) vs. PbSe QD concentration (c) for simulated 300 × 300 × 2.5 mm3 LSCs with c ranging from 0.1 to 50 μM and ηQY = 0.40 and 0.80.

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Fig. 4

Absorption and photoluminescence spectra of FRET enhanced PbSe QDs with a D/A ratio of 5:1. FRET coupling between the donor and acceptor QDs results in a single emission peak.

Tables (1)

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Table 1 LSC Monte Carlo simulation results for PbSe QD LSCs with ALSC 300 × 300mm2 and optimized QD concentrations for highest efficiency.

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η abs = # of Absorbed Photons # of Incident Photons .
η trap = n 2 1 n .
η opt = # of Collected Photons # of Incident Photons .
I SC =q Φ p A LSC η EQE .
V OC KT q ln( I SC I 0 +1 ).
η EQE = # of Extracted Electrons # of Incident Photons .
η PCE = I SC V OC FF P in .
F PCE =G η PCE η PV .
G= A LSC A PV .
η opt = η abs η QY η trap η SA .

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