Student Seminar

Energy harvesting windows

Friday, 03 March 2017 12:00PM PST
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Student Seminar
 
Jeonghun Lee
SFU Physics
 
Energy harvesting windows
 
Mar 03, 2017 at 12PM
 

Synopsis

Building-integrated photovoltaic windows are the next frontier in a renewable energy technology for supplying power at the point of use. Luminescent solar concentrator uses a waveguide to trap solar radiation over a large area and collect electricity by PV cells installed along the slab perimeter. Due to its large surface area, it is a promising candidate for photovoltaic windows. In addition, quantum dots are popular in photovoltaic devices due to light-emitting and tunable properties. However, quantum dots used in PV devices so far are known to be toxic and earth-rare. A team led by Brovelli from the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy has successfully achieved highly efficient and low cost luminescent solar concentrators based on earth-abundant indirect-bandgap non-toxic silicon quantum dots. In this seminar, I will talk about physics-archive behind general photovoltaic devices and review the recently published paper by Brovelli’s group.

F. Meinardi, S. Ehrenberg, L. Dhamo, F. Carulli, M. Mauri, F. Bruni, R. Simonutti, U. Kortshagen, and S. Brovelli, Nat Phot. advance online publication, (2017).