Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Scientific Reports

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Engineering

RAS ID

17924

Grant Number

ARC Number : 130100130

Comments

Originally published as: Alghamedi, R., Vasiliev, M., Nur-E-Alam, M., & Alameh, K. (2014). Spectrally-selective all-inorganic scattering luminophores for solar energy-harvesting clear glass windows. Scientific Reports, 4, 6632. doi:10.1038/srep06632. Article available here

Abstract

All-inorganic visibly-transparent energy-harvesting clear laminated glass windows are the most practical solution to boosting building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) energy outputs significantly while reducing cooling- and heating-related energy consumption in buildings. By incorporating luminophore materials into lamination interlayers and using spectrally-selective thin-film coatings in conjunction with CuInSe2 solar cells, most of the visible solar radiation can be transmitted through the glass window with minimum attenuation while ultraviolet (UV) radiation is down-converted and routed together with a significant part of infrared radiation to the edges for collection by solar cells. Experimental results demonstrate a 10 cm × 10 cm vertically-placed energy-harvesting clear glass panel of transparency exceeding 60%, invisible solar energy attenuation greater than 90% and electrical power output near 30 Wp/m2 mainly generated by infrared (IR) and UV radiations. These results open the way for the realization of large-area visibly-transparent energy-harvesting clear glass windows for BIPV systems.

DOI

10.1038/srep06632

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