Michael G. Debije and Paul P. C. Verbunt Solar Concentrators: Thirty Years of Luminescent Solar Concentrator Research: Solar Energy for the Built Environment (Adv. Energy Mater. 1/2012) Advanced Energy Materials 2
Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) are versatile devices that complement standard photovoltaic cells. On page 12, M. G. Debije and P. P. C. Verbunt discuss how the LSC absorbs incoming sunlight with luminescent materials embedded in a polymer host, and re-emits this light at longer wavelengths, the trapped light traveling down the polymer sheet to concentrate at the edges where it is converted into electricity via a small attached photovoltaic cell. The LSC's coloration, adaptability of shape and size, and performance in varied light conditions could make it perfectly suited for use in the urban setting. The authors would like to extend their thanks to Q. D. Nguyen and S. Tsoi for assistance in preparing the cover image.
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