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A silicone host for Lumogen dyes
  Altering the encapsulant colour in photovoltaic (PV) modules is a straightforward way of achieving greater colour range whilst minimising additional cost in PV systems. Lumogen fluorescent, organic dyes offer a way of adding colour to the encapsulant with minimal change in efficiency. The silicone encapsulant material Sylgard 184 is tested as a host material for Lumogen dyes. A method of dissolving various Lumogen dyes in Sylgard is investigated, and limits of solubility are explored. Methods of preparing samples suitable for optical measurements are found. Optical density is measured for a range of dye concentrations. The results indicate that Lumogen dyes can be dissolved successfully within Sylgard 184, giving good optical properties for lower dye concentrations. Initial photoluminescent quantum yield measurements confirm that Lumogen dyes can function effectively within a Sylgard host. This is promising for use of this material combination in the creation of coloured, fluorescent PV encapsulant layers.

  • Date:

    04 April 2012

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    621.47 Solar-energy enineering

  • Funders:

    Heriot Watt University


Hardy, D. A., Kerrouche, A., Roaf, S. C., & Richards., B. S. (2012). A silicone host for Lumogen dyes. In M. Hutchins, N. Pearsall, & A. Cole (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th Photovoltaic Science, Applications and Technology Conference (PVSAT-8)



photovoltaic (PV) modules, silicone, dyes, solar energy,

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