University of Twente, The Netherlands

Opportunities for luminescent solar concentrating PV in building integrated PV

New designs of luminescent solar concentrating (LSC) PV elements create new opportunities for building integrated PV (BIPV), because they match well to the specific irradiance circumstances and technical requirements of the built environment, while at the same time enhancing the aesthetical features and customizability of PV technology.

In this presentation results of ray tracing simulations of various LSC PV configurations will be shown, showing indicators such as photons per area and efficiency. These results will be presented in comparison with performance indicators of realized prototypes of LSC PV configurations, in particular a prototype of the LeafRoof PV elements which has a rhombic shape with PV cells attached to its back. Part of the simulations will cover future designs of LSC PV configurations which comprise differently coloured flat and curved concepts with various contours. The results will be presented in relation to dyes applied, specific geometries and achievable efficiencies.


Angèle Reinders has a full position at University of Twente, in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on achieving a better integration of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy and other sustainable energy technologies in systems and products by new design approaches. She has practical experience with design-driven research on PV systems, PV modules, building integrated PV and product integrated PV as well as PV in smart grids. She has published about 100 papers, edited two books, among others 'The Power of Design- Product Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies' and ‘Photovoltaic Solar Energy From Fundamentals to Applications’, and is a co-founding editor of the highly rated IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. She has a vast international experience and stayed at Fraunhofer ISE (Germany), World Bank (US), ENEA (Italy), in Jakarata and Papua (Indonesia) and at the Centre for Urban Energy (Canada) for her research.  She holds a Master title in Experimental Physics and a completed a PhD in Chemistry from Utrecht University (NL).