The University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU) has made public the result of the research in which Itxaso Parola Domingo, a telecommunications engineer, achieves a high-performance plastic optical fiber by capturing solar energy, this creation is given as a result to use hybrid dopants that act as a luminescent solar concentrator.
The novel discovery proposes the combination of organic and inorganic components in the base material of the fiber in question.
The key is hybrid dopants, they act as a luminescent solar concentrator.
The research carried out by the departments of Applied Physics I and Communications Engineering of the UPV / EHU, in collaboration with the Applied Organic Materials group of the Technical University of Brunswick, achieves the creation of fiber to produce energy on a small scale.
According to a statement, Parola affirms that this material “ could have great potential in the market for photovoltaic integrated into buildings or green buildings . Furthermore, connected to passive fibers, light can be transported from one end of the fiber to the other, and thus, serve to power devices far from the power source ”.
Studies reveal that a 6 cm long fiber has the potential to concentrate a third of the light generated on a sunny summer day. The measurement of the fiber potential in different environments, as well as lighting, has given positive results, however it is found that the best performance is obtained when the light is indirectly directed to 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 ” currently obtaining solar energy has better growth prospects ” .
Therefore, the results of the high performance of the fiber developed by Parola, in terms of concentrating and transporting sunlight, when connected to photovoltaic cells has been considered an optimal system to provide electrical energy to small devices.
The information provided by the UPV / EHU ensures that studies are currently being carried out in search of the improvement of photovoltaic solar cells, all this worldwide, with the aim of obtaining alternatives to silicon since the sources of this element chemical are limited.