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Photoluminescent display absorbs, converts light into energy
by Staff Writers
Bellingham WA (SPX) May 04, 2017


This is a photograph of a resolution test chart displayed on the phosphor screen. Credit: Shunsuke Itaya, Masamichi Ohta, Yuuki Hirai, and Takamasa Kohmoto

By replacing the phosphor screen in a laser phosphor display (LPD) with a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC), one can harvest energy from ambient light as well as display high-resolution images.

"Energy-harvesting laser phosphor display and its design considerations", published recently by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, in the Journal of Photonics for Energy, describes the development, processes, and applications of an LPD.

In a proof-of-concept experiment, lead author Ichiro Fujieda and his colleagues at Ritsumeikan University fabricated a 95 + 95 + 10 mm screen by sandwiching a thin layer of coumarin 6 with two transparent plates.

These plates guided the photoluminescent (PL) photons emitted in both directions toward their edge surfaces. After removing the light source in a DMD-based commercial grade projector and feeding a blue laser beam into its optics, the screen generated green images.

Attaching a photodiode with a 10 + 10 mm sensitive area on the bottom edge of the screen to record the power of the PL photons indicated that a fully covered version would harvest up to 71% of the incoming optical power. However, a ghost image was noticeable when displaying a high-contrast still image.

The researchers address two aspects in their design considerations.

First, tiling small modules and extracting the PL photons in each module reduces the thickness of a large-area system and alleviates the effect of self-absorption. For seamless tiling, attaching an output coupler to the wave guiding plate and mounting solar cells provides an optimal solution.

Second, the origin of the ghost image is the PL photons reflecting at the interface between the rear plate and the outside environment. By reducing the thickness of the rear plate on the LPD, they were able to eliminate this optical cross-talk between pixels.

Journal of Photonics for Energy associate editor Loucas Tsakalakos called the study "a unique and novel application of a luminescent solar concentrator for display applications. The work shows practical operation of such a device, describes the basic operational principle and expected energy harvesting capability of such a system, and describes ways of improving the design in future work."

Research paper

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U.S. renewable power groups defend reliability
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Industry trade groups aligned with low-carbon power sources in the United States defended their respective sectors against concerns about grid reliability. U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in April called for an investigation into the resilience and reliability of the nation's energy grid. With renewable resources like solar and wind deemed variable because of the nature of their power ... read more

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