Analysis and Monte Carlo simulation of luminescent solar concentrations

Arja Heinämäki

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In this study the applicability of inorganic materials for luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) is investigated. The materials as well as the physical processes related to absorption and fluorescence are expounded and some examples of materials possibly suitable for LSCs are given. The operation of an LSC and the possible loss sources are considered in detail. Several efficiencies are defined and discussed. The Monte Carlo method is used in simulating the LSC performance to compare various LSCs and to study how the plate size, shape and dye concentration affect the efficiencies. The efficiencies of inorganic LSCs are found to be low compared with those of organic ones, but can be improved, e.g. by co-doping, material selection and the use of multi-stack devices.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages48
ISBN (Print)951-38-2411-X
Publication statusPublished - 1985
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesValtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tutkimuksia - Research Reports


  • luminescence
  • solar energy concentrators
  • materials


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