Electromagnetic Design of Solar Collectors

Centeno, A. , Xie, F., Breeze, J. D. and Alford, N. (2011) Electromagnetic Design of Solar Collectors. In: Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS 2011), Marrakesh, Morocco, 20-23 Mar 2011, pp. 1512-1515.

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The solar energy harvesting efficiency of photovoltaic solar cells are limited by the fact that they function through the generation of free hole-electron pairs and only photons with energy equal to the band gap can be converted efficiently. If the incident photons were to be harvested by optical rectification then there is the possibility of higher conversion efficiency. Two key components in any solar rectifier would be plasmonic solar collectors and silver or gold nanowires. This paper reports on the analysis of these components using the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) technique in rectangular and cylindrical coordinate systems.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Centeno, Dr Anthony
Authors: Centeno, A., Xie, F., Breeze, J. D., and Alford, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
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