Efficient luminescent solar concentrators based on self-absorption free, Tm2+ doped halides

ten Kate, Otmar M.; Krämer, Karl; van der Kolk, Erik (2015). Efficient luminescent solar concentrators based on self-absorption free, Tm2+ doped halides. Solar energy materials and solar cells, 140, pp. 115-120. North-Holland 10.1016/j.solmat.2015.04.002

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The optical and luminescence properties of CaI2 and NaCl doped with divalent thulium are reported for solar energy applications. These halides strongly absorb solar light from the UV up to 900 nm due to the intense Tm2+ 4f13→4f125d1 electronic transitions. Absorption is followed by emission of 1140 nm light due to the 2F5/2→2F7/2 transition of the 4f13 configuration that can be efficiently converted to electric power by thin film CuInSe2 (CIS) solar cells. Because of a negligible spectral overlap between absorption and emission spectra, a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) based on these black luminescent materials would not suffer from self-absorption losses. The Tm2+ doped halides may therefore lead to efficient semi-transparent power generating windows that absorb solar light over the whole visible spectrum. It will be shown that the power efficiency of the Tm2+ based LSCs can be up to four times higher compared to LSCs based on organic dyes or quantum dots.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Departement of Chemistry and Biochemistry

UniBE Contributor:

Krämer, Karl

Subjects:

500 Science > 540 Chemistry

ISSN:

0927-0248

Publisher:

North-Holland

Language:

English

Submitter:

Karl Krämer

Date Deposited:

22 Jan 2016 13:28

Last Modified:

22 Jan 2016 13:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.solmat.2015.04.002

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.74684

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/74684

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