Designer quantum dot solar cells enable 30x concentration of conventional solar cells

09/03/2015 - 21:35

Lynn Yarris

By combining designer quantum dot light-emitters with spectrally matched photonic mirrors, a team of scientists with Berkeley Lab and the University of Illinois created solar cells that collect blue photons at 30 times the concentration of conventional solar cells, the highest luminescent concentration factor ever recorded. This breakthrough paves the way for the future development of low-cost solar cells that efficiently utilize the high-energy part of the solar spectrum.

“We’ve achieved a luminescent concentration ratio greater than 30 with an optical efficiency of 82-percent for blue photons,” says Berkeley Lab director Paul Alivisatos, who is also the Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of California Berkeley, and director of the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute (ENSI), was the co-leader of this research.


Ref: Quantum Dot Luminescent Concentrator Cavity Exhibiting 30-fold Concentration. ACS Photonics (2015) | DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.5b00334