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Journal Article




Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science


School of Engineering, Electron Science Research Institute



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ARC Number : LP130100130


This article was originally published as: Alameh K., Vasiliev M., Alghamedi R., Nur-E-Alam M., Rosenberg V. (2014). Solar energy harvesting clear glass for building-integrated photovoltaics. 2014 11th Annual High Capacity Optical Networks and Emerging/Enabling Technologies (Photonics for Energy), HONET-PfE 2014. (pp. 210-213). Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. IEEE. © 2015 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works. Original article available here


We propose and demonstrate the concept of an energy-harvesting clear glass panel based on the use of all-inorganic luminophores embedded into a lamination layer in conjunction with low-emissivity coatings and CIS solar cells. Most of the visible solar radiation is transmitted through the laminated glass panel while UV radiation is down-converted and guided together with a part of infrared radiation to the edges for conversion to electricity by solar cells integrated at the edges of the glass panel. Experimental results demonstrate that a 10cmx10cm energy-harvesting clear glass can pass about 70% of the visible solar radiation, block 90% of UV and IR solar energy blocking and generate almost 30Wp/m2.



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