optical fiber that captures high performance and low cost solar energy
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The University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) has made public the results of the survey in which Itxaso Parola Domingo, telecommunications engineer, carries out a high performance plastic optical fiber By capturing solar energy, this creation occurs as a result of the use of hybrid dopants that act as a luminescent solar concentrator.

The new discovery proposes the combination of organic and inorganic components in the base material of the fiber in question.

The key is the hybrid dopants, they act like a luminescent solar concentrator.

The investigation carried out by the Applied Physics I and Communications Engineering departments of the UPV / EHU, in collaboration with the Applied Organic Materials group of the Technical University of Brunswick, it creates fiber to produce energy on a small scale .

According to a statement, Parola claims that this material “could have great potential in the photovoltaic market integrated in buildings or green buildings. In addition, connected to passive fibers, light can be transported from one end of the fiber to the other, and thus be used to power devices far from the energy source ”.

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The system.

Studies show that a fiber 6cm long has the potential to concentrate a third of the light generated on a sunny summer day. Measuring the potential of the fiber in different environments, as well as lighting, has given positive results, but it is found that the best performance is obtained when the light is indirectly directed towards the material.

According to the UPV / EHU note “only 3% of the energy consumed in 2017 comes from wind, solar and biomass systems“And that in the opinion of the experts”getting solar power now has better growth prospects“.

Therefore, the results of the high performance of the fiber developed by Parola, in terms of concentration and transport of sunlight, when connected to photovoltaic cells has been considered an optimal system to provide electrical power to small appliances.

The information provided by the UPV / EHU guarantees that studies are currently being carried out to research the improvement of photovoltaic solar cells, all at a global level, with the aim of finding alternatives to silicon from the sources of this element the chemicals are limited.