Presently, energy conservation and carbon dioxide emission reduction have become increasingly important because of global warming. Using solar energy, which is considered as one of the most important renewable energy sources, does not only decrease the consumption of fossil fuels, but also slows down the pace of global warming. For indoor illumination, our team has developed a technique called "Natural Light Illumination." Instead of using solar cells, our system directly guides sunlight into the interior of a structure. However, the efficiency of the light-collecting module is still low. To address this problem, we propose a new light-collecting module based on a prism array structure with high efficiency. We use optical simulation tools to design and simulate the efficiency of the module, which is found to be 57%. This value is higher than that of the original concentrator (i.e., 11%).
© 2014 Chinese Optics Letters
Optical Design and Fabrication
Allen Jong Woei Whang, Cheng-Ming Chang, Chun-Han Chou, Chia-Min Lin, Shih-Min Chao, Kai-Cyuan Jhan, and Ming Cheng Wang, "Innovative light-collecting module using prismatic array structures," Chin. Opt. Lett. 12, 012201- (2014)