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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2011
  • pp: 5639–5646

Methodology for measuring current distribution effects in electrochromic smart windows

Johnny Degerman Engfeldt, Peter Georen, Carina Lagergren, and Göran Lindbergh  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 29, pp. 5639-5646 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.005639


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Abstract

Electrochromic (EC) devices for use as smart windows have a large energy-saving potential when used in the construction and transport industries. When upscaling EC devices to window size, a well-known challenge is to design the EC device with a rapid and uniform switching between colored (charged) and bleached (discharged) states. A well-defined current distribution model, validated with experimental data, is a suitable tool for optimizing the electrical system design for rapid and uniform switching. This paper introduces a methodology, based on camera vision, for experimentally validating EC current distribution models. The key is the methodology’s capability to both measure and simulate current distribution effects as transmittance distribution. This paper also includes simple models for coloring (charging) and bleaching (discharging), taking into account secondary current distribution with charge transfer resistance and ohmic effects. Some window-size model predictions are included to show the potential for using a validated EC current distribution model as a design tool.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: April 27, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2011
Published: October 3, 2011

Citation
Johnny Degerman Engfeldt, Peter Georen, Carina Lagergren, and Göran Lindbergh, "Methodology for measuring current distribution effects in electrochromic smart windows," Appl. Opt. 50, 5639-5646 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-29-5639


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