Color, graphic design and high efficiency for photovoltaic modules

Efthymios Klampaftis, David Ross, Bryce S. Richards

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4 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Luminescent materials suitably embedded into the architecture of photovoltaic (PV) modules can increase the short-wavelength response, and thus efficiency, of nearly all inproduction PV technologies. At the same time, visible-wavelength luminescence that escapes the modules due to its omnidirectional nature is perceived as color when it reaches the human eye. It is shown that this 'lost' luminescence can be used for the application of aesthetical as well as functional coloration, while maintaining or even increasing in favorable cases the efficiency of commercial PV modules. Performance enhancement of 0.4 mA/cm2 is reported for a CdTe mini-module with a custom graphical design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE 40th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2014
PublisherIEEE
Pages25-29
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479943982
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference 2014 - Denver, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 201413 Jun 2014

Conference

Conference40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference 2014
Abbreviated titlePVSC 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityDenver
Period8/06/1413/06/14

Keywords

  • color
  • encapsulation
  • energy efficiency
  • green buildings
  • luminescence
  • photovoltaic systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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