Luminescent 'reactors' could enhance energy sustainability of buildings
Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) are a promising technology for building integrated photovoltaics. However, optical loss mechanisms such as light scattering are preventing prototype devices from achieving the theoretical energy conversion efficiencies. The aim of the EU-funded PLECTRA project is to further understand, control and harness light scattering mechanisms to design more efficient LSCs. To achieve its goals, the project will leverage plasmon-enhanced photoluminescence – a phenomenon in which the efficiency of a luminescent species (e.g. quantum dots) is enhanced by plasmon scattering. As proof of principle of the idea, the project will integrate LSCs into an electrochromic glass.
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