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dc.contributorBorca-Tasçiuc, Diana-Andra
dc.contributorKaminski, Deborah A.
dc.contributorSamuel, Johnson
dc.contributorDutta, Partha S.
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Michael D.
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-03T08:33:10Z
dc.date.available2021-11-03T08:33:10Z
dc.date.created2016-02-26T09:54:48Z
dc.date.issued2015-12
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.13015/1633
dc.descriptionDecember 2015
dc.descriptionSchool of Engineering
dc.description.abstractLuminescent solar concentrators (LSC) are promising devices for low-cost solar energy. LSCs typically consist of a clear sheet imbedded with luminescent specie(s). Through internal reflection, enhanced by luminescent emission, LSCs deliver concentrated light to small-area photovoltaics (PV). The work of this thesis focuses on improving the performance of LSCs through novel design, deployment, modeling, and characterization. A new design of LSC showing enhanced internal reflection is studied and is shown to be a promising multifunctional building material. Next, LSCs are leveraged to exploit the unique optical properties of ultra-thin film solar cells enhanced by plasmonic structures and more than an order of magnitude enhancement is predicted. While these initial investigations are carried out on LSCs utilizing luminescent dyes, the subsequent studies presented investigate the use of inorganic luminescent phosphor powders for a more cost-effective and robust LSC. A novel experimental and simulation approach is developed to characterize radiation transport in phosphor powders which addresses the particulate nature of luminescent phosphors. With this approach, a new LSC design utilizing luminescent phosphor films are realized for the first time and promising results of its performance are presented.
dc.language.isoENG
dc.publisherRensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
dc.relation.ispartofRensselaer Theses and Dissertations Online Collection
dc.subjectMechanical engineering
dc.titleMonte Carlo simulations of luminescent solar concentrators: a study towards improved performance
dc.typeElectronic thesis
dc.typeThesis
dc.digitool.pid177106
dc.digitool.pid177107
dc.digitool.pid177109
dc.rights.holderThis electronic version is a licensed copy owned by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Copyright of original work retained by author.
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.relation.departmentDept. of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering


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