Doctor-blade deposition of quantum dots onto standard window glass for low-loss large-area luminescent solar concentrators

Hongbo Li, Kaifeng Wu, Jaehoon Lim, Hyung Jun Song, Victor I Klimov

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Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) are envisioned to reduce the cost of solar electricity by decreasing the usage of more expensive photovoltaic (PV) materials and diminishing the complexity of multi-cell PV modules. The LSC concept can also enable unconventional solar-energy conversion devices such as PV windows that can be especially useful in highly populated urban areas. Here we demonstrate low-loss, large-area (up to about 90 × 30 cm2) LSCs fabricated from colloidal core/shell quantum dots (QDs) whose optical spectra are tailored so as to minimize self-absorption of waveguided radiation. For improved compatibility with a polymer matrix and enhanced stability, QDs are encapsulated into silica shells, which allows for maintaining high emission efficiencies (∼70% quantum yields) under four-month exposure to air and light, and heat treatments up to 200 °C. The QD/polymer composites are processed into devices using standard doctor-blade deposition onto commercial window glasses. The fabricated semi-transparent devices demonstrate internal quantum efficiencies of more than 10% for dimensions of tens of centimetres.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16157
JournalNature Energy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Nov 7 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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