Luminescent Layer Or Optical Filter Patents (Class 136/257)
  • Patent number: 10381495
    Abstract: A photodetecting device and method of using the same are provided. The photodetecting device includes a transistor, a silicon nano-channel and a filter dye layer. The transistor includes a source, a drain and a gate. The silicon nano-channel connects the source and the drain, and is configured to receive light. The filter dye layer is over a light-receiving surface of the silicon nano-channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Yuh-Shyong Yang, Chien-Hung Chen, Chih-Heng Lin
  • Patent number: 10322297
    Abstract: Low-level light therapy system with an electrically passive, article of apparel that absorbs an incident spectrum including one or more of a UV wavelength, a visible wavelength, and a near infrared wavelength and emits light having an emission spectrum including visible light radiation and near infrared radiation. Light is emitted from the yarns and a textile material consisting of a network of yarns (as well as the article of apparel made from such a textile material) having an emission spectrum including visible light radiation and near infrared radiation in a direction toward a body of a person. An article of apparel that emits light in the visible/near infrared spectrum, a method of manufacture, and a low-level light therapy method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Lumia Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gates Hinds, Marco Scipioni
  • Patent number: 10317707
    Abstract: A transmissive optical device comprising: a layer (10) of light absorber material in the solid state, preferably made of a phase-change material with switchable refractive index such as GeSbTe; a partially-reflective layer (12), and a spacer layer (14) between the layer (10) of light absorber material and the partially-reflective layer (12). The spacer layer (14) and an optional coverlayer (16) may be transparent conductive ITO layers which may serve to electrically switch the phase of the phase-change material layer (10), thereby switching the transmission/reflection properties of the transmissive optical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: OXFORD UNIVERSITY INNOVATION LIMITED
    Inventors: Peiman Hosseini, Harish Bhaskaran
  • Patent number: 10302820
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ophthalmic lens comprising: a substrate having a given refractive index; and a coating that minimizes ultraviolet reflections, said coating having a given refractive index and being deposited on a rear face of the substrate. According to the invention, the thickness of the ultraviolet-reflection-minimizing coating is between I ?m and approximately 200 ?m and the refractive index of the ultraviolet-reflection-minimizing coating is at least 0.15 units less than the refractive index of the substrate. The invention also relates to a method for the production of such a lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL
    Inventor: Yves Leclaire
  • Patent number: 10168451
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to optical stacks having nanostructure-based transparent conductive films and low diffuse reflection. Also described are display devices that incorporate the optical stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Cambrios Film Solutions Corporation
    Inventors: Haixia Dai, Michael A. Spaid, Jeffrey Wolk
  • Patent number: 10078142
    Abstract: A filter for electromagnetic radiation including one or more dielectric spacer regions and one or more reflective regions integrated on a semiconductor substrate, the semiconductor substrate including a semiconductor photodetector, such that the filter transmits ultraviolet radiation to the semiconductor photodetector, the ultraviolet radiation having a range of wavelengths, and the filter suppresses transmission of electromagnetic radiation, having wavelengths outside the range of wavelengths, to the semiconductor photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Michael E. Hoenk, John J. Hennessy, Shouleh Nikzad, April D. Jewell
  • Patent number: 9985158
    Abstract: A visibly transparent luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) is disclosed. The LSC includes a transparent substrate having at least one edge surface. A dye layer is coupled to the substrate, the dye layer having a peak absorption wavelength outside the visible band, the dye layer being configured to re-emit light at a peak emission wavelength outside the visible band, at least a portion of the re-emitted light being waveguided to the edge surface of the substrate. A photovoltaic device is coupled to the edge surface of the transparent substrate, the photovoltaic device being configured to absorb light at the peak emission wavelength and generate electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Richard Royal Lunt, Vladimir Bulovic, Miles Clark Barr
  • Patent number: 9947815
    Abstract: A plasmonic scattering nanomaterial comprising a substrate layer, a metal oxide layer in continuous contact with the substrate layer and silver nanoparticles with a diameter of 25-300 nm deposited on the metal oxide layer is disclosed. The silver nanoparticles have a broad size distribution and interparticle distances such that the silver nanoparticles plasmonically scatter light throughout the metal oxide layer with a near electric field strength of 1-30 V/m when excited by a light source having a wavelength in the range of 300-500 nm and/or 1000-1200 nm. In addition, a method for producing the nanomaterial by sputter deposition is disclosed as well as an appropriate thin film plasmonic solar cell comprising the nanomaterial with a solar efficiency of at least 10%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Mohammad Kamal Hossain, Qasem Ahmed Qasem
  • Patent number: 9923007
    Abstract: A device may include a multispectral filter array disposed on the substrate. The multi spectral filter array may include a first metal mirror disposed on the substrate. The multi spectral filter may include a spacer disposed on the first metal mirror. The spacer may include a set of layers. The spacer may include a second metal mirror disposed on the spacer. The second metal mirror may be aligned with two or more sensor elements of a set of sensor elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: VIAVI Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Georg J. Ockenfuss
  • Patent number: 9911884
    Abstract: A device for adaptable wavelength conversion and a device for energy conversion are described. The device for adaptable wavelength conversion comprises at least one layer comprising a wavelength converting material and arranged to receive and re-emit a light beam. the device is further arranged to manipulate the at least one layer to operate in a closed state, in which a surface of the at least one layer is substantially covered with the wavelength converting material and to operate in an open state, in which the surface of the at least one layer is substantially uncovered with the wavelength converting material. The device for adaptable wavelength conversion can be applied in combination with a solar cell or photovoltaic cell thereby enabling the solar cell to receive radiation having a suitable spectrum under varying lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Rogier Adrianus Henrica Niessen, Willem Franke Pasveer, Johan Hendrik Klootwijk
  • Patent number: 9876131
    Abstract: Disclosed are an ink composition for manufacturing a light absorption layer of solar cells and a method of manufacturing a thin film using the same. Particularly, an ink composition for manufacturing a light absorption layer of solar cells including core-shell structure nanoparticles including a core including a copper (Cu)-containing chalcogenide and a shell including a zinc (Zn)-containing chalcogenide; and tin (Sn)-containing bimetallic or intermetallic metal nanoparticles, or a tin (Sn)-containing chalcogenide nanoparticles, dispersed in a solvent, and a method of manufacturing a thin film using the same are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: LG CHEM, LTD.
    Inventors: Hosub Lee, Seokhyun Yoon, Seokhee Yoon, Eun Ju Park
  • Patent number: 9831042
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compounds of general formula I wherein R100 and R200 are each independently hydrogen, C1-C10-alkyl which in case of C2-alkyl may be interrupted by one and in case of C3-C10-alkyl by one or two nonadjacent oxygen atoms, C5-C7-cycloalkyl, aryl, aryl-C1-C10-alkyl or aryloxy-C1-C10-alkyl, D is an m-valent (m=1, 2 or 3) donor moiety which comprises at least one carbon-carbon or carbon-heteroatom double bond and/or at least one unfused or fused carbo- or heterocyclic ring, A is an acceptor moiety which comprises at least one carbon-carbon or carbon-heteroatom double bond and/or at least one unfused or fused carbo- or heterocyclic ring, and the donor moiety D and the acceptor moiety A are ?-conjugated to one another. Furthermore, the present invention relates to the use of compounds of formula I for producing dye-sensitized solar cells and to dye-sensitized solar cells comprising compounds of formula I.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: BASF SE
    Inventors: Ingmar Bruder, Robert Send, Simona Urnikaite, Tadas Malinauskas, Maryte Daskeviciene, Vytautas Getautis
  • Patent number: 9739898
    Abstract: A scintillation detector, including a scintillator that emits scintillation; a semiconductor photodetector having a surface area for receiving the scintillation, wherein the surface area has a passivation layer configured to provide a peak quantum efficiency greater than 40% for a first component of the scintillation, and the semiconductor photodetector has built in gain through avalanche multiplication; a coating on the surface area, wherein the coating acts as a bandpass filter that transmits light within a range of wavelengths corresponding to the first component of the scintillation and suppresses transmission of light with wavelengths outside said range of wavelengths; and wherein the surface area, the passivation layer, and the coating are controlled to increase the temporal resolution of the semiconductor photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Michael Hoenk, John Hennessy, David Hitlin
  • Patent number: 9520512
    Abstract: Photovoltaic devices such as solar cells, hybrid solar cell-batteries, and other such devices may include an active layer disposed between two electrodes. The active layer may have perovskite material and other material such as mesoporous material, interfacial layers, thin-coat interfacial layers, and combinations thereof. The perovskite material may be photoactive. The active layer may include a titanate. The perovskite material may be disposed between two or more other materials in the photovoltaic device. Inclusion of these materials in various arrangements within an active layer of a photovoltaic device may improve device performance. Other materials may be included to further improve device performance, such as, for example: additional perovskites, and additional interfacial layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Hunt Energy Enterprises, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael D. Irwin, Jerred A. Chute, Vivek V. Dhas
  • Patent number: 9377631
    Abstract: A 3D grating box, a color filter substrate and a display device are disclosed. The 3D grating box comprises: a photoelectric conversion device for converting optical energy into electric energy; a transparent electrode electronically connected to a first side of the photoelectric conversion device; a grating electrode electronically connected to a second side of the photoelectric conversion device opposite to the first side, the grating electrode comprises a plurality of opaque strip conductors that are arranged side by side at intervals; a storage battery having a first end electronically connected to the transparent electrode and a second end electronically connected to the grating electrode; and a substrate, the grating electrode being arranged on one side of the substrate. The 3D grating box combines the 3D display with the solar cell effectively, simplifying the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Chengdu BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaomei Huang
  • Patent number: 9343686
    Abstract: A compound is represented by the following general formula (IA0) or (IB0). A solar cell module for which the compound is used is used for a solar power generation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tokiyoshi Umeda, Daisuke Tsukio, Yukio Takenaka
  • Patent number: 9328429
    Abstract: When a plate-like sample 20 extracted from a polycrystalline rod is evaluated, peaks can appear in a ?-scanning chart. The smaller the number of such peaks, and the narrower the half-value width of the peak, the more suitable the polycrystalline silicon rod is as a raw material for producing single-crystal silicon. It is preferable that the number of peaks in the ?-scanning chart is, for both the Miller index planes <111> and <220>, equal to or smaller than 24/cm2 when converted into unit per area of the plate-like sample. It is also preferable that the value obtained by multiplying the peak half-value width by ?L=21/2?R0/360, where R0 is the radius of the sample, is defined as an inhomogeneous crystal grain size, and that a polycrystalline silicon rod of which all the inhomogeneous crystal grain sizes are smaller than 0.5 mm is selected as a raw material for producing single-crystal silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuichi Miyao, Junichi Okada, Shigeyoshi Netsu
  • Patent number: 9291746
    Abstract: Lens coatings and coated lenses which offer full-spectrum protection by reducing back-side reflection of all light spanning from the UVB to IR-A region are provided. The full-spectrum back-side anti-reflective coatings disclosed herein are comprised of multiple thin-film layers of high refractive index (HighIndex) and low refractive index (LowIndex) materials. In many embodiments, the penultimate layer distal from the substrate lens is a HighIndex layer, and the final layer distal from the substrate lens is a LowIndex layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: iCoat Company, LLC
    Inventors: Hamlet Joe Avetisian, Sr., Timothy George Stephan, Arman Bernardi
  • Patent number: 9274069
    Abstract: When the degree of crystalline orientation of polycrystalline silicon is evaluated by an X-ray diffraction method, each obtained disc-like sample 20 is disposed in a position where Bragg reflection from a Miller index face <hkl> is detected and in-plane rotated at a rotational angle ? with the center of the disc-like sample 20 as the center of rotation, so that an X-ray-radiated region defined by a slit ?-scans over the principal surface of the disc-like sample 20, to determine a chart representing the dependence of the intensity of Bragg reflection from the Miller index face <hkl> on the rotational angle (?) of the disc-like sample 20, a baseline is determined from the chart, and the diffraction intensity value of the baseline is used as an estimative index of the degree of crystalline orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shuichi Miyao, Junichi Okada, Shigeyoshi Netsu
  • Patent number: 9252306
    Abstract: A thin film photoelectric converter including a transparent conductive layer, a laser light absorption layer, a back electrode layer, a semiconductor photoelectric conversion layer and a transparent electrode layer stacked on a translucent substrate. The laser light absorption layer is parted into regions by first kind parting line grooves, and the photoelectric conversion layer is parted into regions by third kind parting line grooves penetrating the laser light absorption layer, the rear surface electrode layer and the photoelectric conversion layer. The transparent electrode layer is parted into regions by fourth kind parting line grooves penetrating the laser light absorption layer, the rear surface electrode layer, the photoelectric conversion layer and the transparent electrode layer. A receiving side transparent electrode region of one cell is electrically connected to a back electrode region of an adjacent cell through the first kind groove, the transparent conductive layer and the third kind groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: KANEKA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Goto, Wataru Yoshida, Toshiaki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 9240286
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a photoelectric conversion device which can be manufactured through a simple manufacturing process, achieve photoelectric conversion over a wide range of wavelength regions, and attain high photoelectric conversion efficiency even in the infrared wavelength region, a photodetection device, and a photodetection method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Hiroaki Misawa, Yoshiaki Nishijima, Kosei Ueno, Kei Murakoshi
  • Patent number: 9230430
    Abstract: A wearable device is disclosed that, while being worn by a user, may allow a user to authenticate to a second device such as a smartphone without having to enter an unlock code such as a personal identification number. The wearable device may detect when the user removes it. Removal of the wearable device may cause it to be disabled and prevent it from being used to authenticate a subsequent user to the second device until it is re-enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Pierre Civelli, Aaron Leiba, Chris Hopman
  • Patent number: 9153723
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a luminescent photovoltaic generator (1) and a waveguide for use in such a photovoltaic generator. The photovoltaic generator comprises a photovoltaic cell (4) and a waveguide comprising a transparent matrix (2) having particles of an inorganic luminescent material dispersed therein and/or an inorganic luminescent material disposed at at least one side thereof (6). The waveguide is associated with the photovoltaic cell (4), such that, in use, at least some of the light emitted from the luminescent material passes into the photovoltaic cell (4) to generate a voltage in the cell. In preferred embodiments, the inorganic luminescent material is a line emitter and the emission is due to a forbidden electronic transition within the material. The inorganic luminescent material may be selected from an inorganic phosphor, an inorganic fluorescent material and quantum dots, quantum rods and quantum core/shell systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Cornelis Reinder M. Ronda, Dirk Kornelis Gerhardus De Boer
  • Patent number: 9147853
    Abstract: Photovoltaic cells containing a novel electrode, as well as related systems, methods, modules, and components, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Merck Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Russell Gaudiana, Claire Lepont, Michael Lee, Edward Lindholm, Dick Estes
  • Patent number: 9048432
    Abstract: The present invention provides a perylenebisimide-polyester copolymer and a transesterification process for the preparation thereof. The perylenebisimide-polyester copolymer prepared is useful in organic light emitting diodes, solar cells and such other photovoltaic applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC & INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
    Inventors: Asha Syama Kumari, Nisha Simon Kumari
  • Publication number: 20150144192
    Abstract: The invention relates to a solar cell structure (10) having at least one transparent photovoltaic cell (42), in particular having a dye solar cell or a thin-film semiconductor cell. It comprises at least one polymer layer (36) which is provided with a fluorescent material, or a mixture of a plurality of fluorescent materials, and covers the at least one transparent photovoltaic cell (42).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Alfred RENNIG, Markus HAMMERMANN, Felix EICKEMEYER
  • Publication number: 20150144191
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a polymer sheet and its use as part of a solar paneland glass element. The sheet comprises multiple coextruded polymer layers, wherein at least two or more layers of the polymer sheet comprise a luminescence downshifting compound for at least partially absorbing radiation having a certain wavelength and re-emitting radiation at a longer wavelength than the wavelength of the absorbed radiation, and wherein a luminescence downshifting compound in a first polymer layer can absorb more radiation at a lower wavelength than the luminescence downshifting compound present in a next layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Johan Willy Declerck, Koen Hasaers, Kristof Proost
  • Patent number: 9040963
    Abstract: Provided is an organic light emitting device. The organic light emitting device comprising a first light emitting part on a substrate, emitting a first light of a first wavelength, wherein the first light emitting part includes a transparent first electrode, a first organic light emitting layer, and a transparent second electrode sequentially stacked on the substrate, a second light emitting part on the first light emitting part, emitting a second light of a second wavelength, wherein the second light emitting part includes a transparent third electrode, a second organic light emitting layer, and a reflective fourth electrode sequentially stacked on the first light emitting part, and a fluorescent material disposed at least one between the substrate and the first light emitting part, and between the first light emitting part and second light emitting part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jeong Ik Lee, Chul Woong Joo, Jun-Han Han, Joo Hyun Hwang, Nam Sung Cho, Jin Woo Huh, Jaehyun Moon, Seung Koo Park, Jin Wook Shin, Doo-Hee Cho, Hye Yong Chu
  • Publication number: 20150136229
    Abstract: A composite particle including a core member including a rare earth ion which shows an upconversion effect and a retaining material which retains the rare earth ion, and a semiconductor member covering a part or all of the surface of the core member, wherein the retaining material includes a semiconductor material having a band gap greater than energy difference necessary for a second step excitation in the rare earth ion to occur, or an insulating material, and the semiconductor member includes a semiconductor material having a band gap smaller than the energy difference between a first excited state and a ground state of the rare earth ion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Suto
  • Patent number: 9035174
    Abstract: A PV panel uses an array of small silicon sphere diodes (10-300 microns in diameter) connected in parallel. The spheres are embedded in an uncured aluminum-containing layer, and the aluminum-containing layer is heated to anneal the aluminum-containing layer as well as p-dope the bottom surface of the spheres. A phosphorus-containing layer is deposited over the spheres to dope the top surface n-type, forming a pn junction. The phosphorus layer is then removed. A conductor is deposited to contact the top surface. Alternatively, the spheres are deposited with a p-type core and an n-type outer shell. After deposition, the top surface is etched to expose the core. A first conductor layer contacts the bottom surface, and a second conductor layer contacts the exposed core. A liquid lens material is deposited over the rounded top surface of the spheres and cured to provide conformal lenses designed to increase the PV panel efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Nthdegree Technologies Worldwide Inc.
    Inventors: Tricia A. Youngbull, William J. Ray, Lixin Zheng, Mark D. Lowenthal, Vera N. Lockett, Theodore I. Kamins, Neil O. Shotton
  • Patent number: 9029188
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a solar cell is discussed. The method may include injecting first impurity ions at a first surface of a substrate by using a first ion implantation method to form a first impurity region, the substrate having a first conductivity type and the first impurity ions having a second conductivity type, and the first impurity region having the second conductivity type; heating the substrate with the first impurity region to activate the first impurity region to form an emitter region from the first impurity region; etching the emitter region from a surface of the emitter region to a predetermined depth to form an emitter part from the emitter region; and forming a first electrode on the emitter part to connect to the emitter part and a second electrode on a second surface of the substrate to connect to the second surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jungmin Ha, Junyong Ahn, Jinho Kim
  • Publication number: 20150122328
    Abstract: Provided are solar cell and a solar cell module including the same. The solar cell includes a first light conversion layer, a lower electrode layer disposed on the first light conversion layer, a light absorption layer disposed on the lower electrode layer to absorb solar light, and an upper electrode layer disposed on the light absorption layer. Here, the first light conversion layer includes a lower refraction layer through which the solar light is transmitted and first light conversion particles absorbing refracted light, in which the solar light is refracted by the lower refraction layer, to generate first emission light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jungwook LIM, Kyu Sung LEE, Sun Jin YUN
  • Patent number: 9017573
    Abstract: Luminescent compositions are described comprising lanthanide-containing nanoclusters comprising lanthanide atoms bonded to at least one semimetal or transition metal via an oxygen or sulfur atom. Novel compositions include an antenna ligand complexed with the nanoclusters. The rare earth-metal nanoclusters are in the size range of 1 to 100 nm. Articles, such as solar cells, are described in which the nanoclusters (with or without antenna ligands) are dispersed in a polymer matrix. Novel methods of making luminescent films are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Batlelle Japan Corporation
    Inventors: Steven M. Risser, Vincent McGinniss, David W. Nippa, Paul Edward Burrows, Asanga B. Padmaperuma, Sambhu N. Kundu, Hiroshi Mataki
  • Publication number: 20150107667
    Abstract: In accordance with certain embodiments, semiconductor dies are at least partially coated with a polymer and a conductive adhesive prior being bonded to a substrate having electrical traces thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Michael A. Tischler
  • Patent number: 9006563
    Abstract: A interconnected arrangement of photovoltaic cells is readily and efficiently achieved by using a unique interconnecting strap. The strap comprises electrically conductive fingers which contact the top light incident surface of a first cell and extend to an interconnect region of the strap. The interconnect region may include through holes which allow electrical communication between top and bottom surfaces of the interconnect region. In one embodiment, the electrically conductive surface of the fingers is in electrical communication with an electrically conductive surface formed on the opposite side of the strap through the through holes of the interconnect region. The interconnection strap may comprise a laminating film to facilitate manufacture and assembly of the interconnected arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Luch
  • Publication number: 20150096615
    Abstract: Provided are a solar cell and a solar cell module including the same. The solar cell includes a bottom electrode layer, a light absorption layer disposed on the bottom electrode to absorb solar light of a visible light region, top electrode layer disposed on the light absorption layer, and a light conversion layer disposed on the top electrode layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Kyu Sung LEE, Sun Jin YUN, JungWook LIM
  • Patent number: 9000292
    Abstract: A device for adaptable wavelength conversion and a device for energy conversion are described. The device for adaptable wavelength conversion comprises at least one layer comprising a wavelength converting material and arranged to receive and re-emit a light beam. The device is further arranged to manipulate the at least one layer to operate in a closed state, in which a surface of the at least one layer is substantially covered with the wavelength converting material and to operate in an open state, in which the surface of the at least one layer is substantially uncovered with the wavelength converting material. The device for adaptable wavelength conversion can be applied in combination with a solar cell or photovoltaic cell thereby enabling the solar cell to receive radiation having a suitable spectrum under varying lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Rogier A. H. Niessen, Willem F. Pasveer, Johan H. Klootwijk
  • Patent number: 8987578
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an energy conversion device comprises a nuclear battery, a light source coupled to the nuclear battery and operable to receive electric energy from the nuclear battery and radiate electromagnetic energy, and a photocell operable to receive the radiated electromagnetic energy and convert the received electromagnetic energy into electric energy. The nuclear battery comprises a radioactive substance and a collector operable to receive particles emitted by the radioactive substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gary A. Frazier, Timothy J. Imholt, Alexander F. St. Claire
  • Publication number: 20150075611
    Abstract: Provided is a novel CaS-based phosphor with which chemical reactions can be inhibited even if said CaS-based phosphor is heated with a heterogeneous material. This phosphor includes: a crystalline parent material represented by the composition formula Ca1-xSrxS.yZnO (in the formula, 0?x<1, 0<y?0.5); and a luminescent center.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Inamura, Michiyo Inoue, Akinori Kumagai, Haruka Shimizu, Takayoshi Mori, Jun-ichi Itoh
  • Publication number: 20150075612
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a solar module structure comprising in sequence a back sheet that can reflect light, a first polymeric layer blended with phosphors, a double-sided photovoltaic cell layer, a second polymeric layer and a cover plate that is made of tempered glass. The solar module of the present invention can significantly increase the photoelectrical conversion efficiency.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jinxi LIN, Jinhan LIN, Yuting LIN, Chun Liang LIN
  • Publication number: 20150068599
    Abstract: A metallic-dielectric photonic crystal is formed with a periodic structure defining a plurality of resonant cavities to selectively absorb incident radiation. A metal layer is deposited on the inner surfaces of the resonant cavities and a dielectric material fills inside the resonant cavities. This photonic crystal can be used to selectively absorb broadband solar radiation and then reemit absorbed radiation in a wavelength band that matches the absorption band of a photovoltaic cell. The photonic crystal can be fabricated by patterning a sacrificial layer with a plurality of holes, into which is deposited a supporting material. Removing the rest of the sacrificial layer creates a supporting structure, on which a layer of metal is deposited to define resonant cavities. A dielectric material then fills the cavities to form the photonic crystal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brian Chou, Sang-Gook Kim
  • Patent number: 8969715
    Abstract: The invention provides a luminescent optical device (10) having an optical waveguide (200). The luminescent optical device (10) further has a photo-luminescent structure (100) on or inside the optical waveguide (200). The photo-luminescent structure (100) comprises a plurality of photo-luminescent domains (110) containing photo-luminescent material (120). The photo-luminescent material (120) is capable of emitting emission light upon excitation by excitation light. The photo-luminescent domains (110) are arranged to emit, upon excitation by excitation light, at least part of the emission light into the optical waveguide layer (200). The luminescent optical device (10) further may comprise a lens structure (300) on the optical waveguide (200).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Peer+ B.V.
    Inventors: Michael George Debije, Casper Laurens Van Oosten, Cornelis Wilhelmus Maria Bastiaansen, Shufen Tsoi
  • Publication number: 20150047703
    Abstract: Inorganic phosphor-containing polymer particles that include an inorganic phosphor and a transparent material. The transparent material is preferably a vinyl resin that is a polymer of a vinyl compound. It is preferable that the vinyl compound includes 10% by mass or more of a vinyl compound having a viscosity (at 25° C.) of from 5 mPa·s to 30 mPa·s, or includes at least one of a compound having a structure represented by the following Formula (I-1) or the following Formula (I-2). In Formulae (I-1) and (1-2), each of R1 and R2 independently represents a hydrogen atom or an alkyl group. R1 and R2 may be linked to each other to form a ring. The inorganic phosphor is preferably surface-modified with a surface treatment agent, more preferably surface-modified with a coupling agent, still more preferably surface-modified with a silicone oligomer having a reactive substituent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Hitachi Chemical Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taku Sawaki, Kaoru Okaniwa, Takeshi Yamashita
  • Publication number: 20150041052
    Abstract: Described herein are wavelength converting devices comprising a glass plate and a wavelength conversion layer over a glass plate that can be applied to solar cells, solar panels, or photovoltaic devices to enhance solar harvesting efficiency of those devices. The wavelength conversion layer of the wavelength converting device comprises a polymer matrix and one, or multiple, luminescent dyes that convert photons of a particular wavelength to a more desirable wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Hongxi Zhang, Michiharu Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20150040980
    Abstract: A spectrum manipulation device and method for increasing an energy conversion efficiency of a photovoltaic cell arrangement, the device including: (a) a black body adapted to absorb an input electromagnetic energy having an input energy flux spectrum, and to emit a first output electromagnetic energy having a different, output energy flux spectrum; (b) a transparent cover, adapted to thermally insulate the black body from an ambient environment, and to receive light and direct the light towards the black body; (c) an optical device, facing the black body, and adapted to: (i) receive the first output energy and emit a second output electromagnetic energy having a narrow, modified energy flux spectrum, with respect to the output energy flux spectrum, and (ii) recycle some of the first output electromagnetic energy to the black body; (d) a photovoltaic cell having a photon absorption surface, disposed to be in optical communication with the optical device, and (e) a housing containing the black body and the opti
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Levi SCHACHTER
  • Publication number: 20150034158
    Abstract: A solar cell module capable of suppressing a decrease of a light gathering function with use and offering an excellent light gathering function over a long period of time, and a photovoltaic power generation device using the solar cell module are provided. A solar cell module 1 includes a light gathering member 2 formed of a fluorescent material 7 provided in a transparent base material 6, the light gathering member 2 absorbing external light by the fluorescent material 7 and causing emitted light to propagate to be emitted from an end face 2c, and a solar cell element 3 installed on the end face 2c of the light gathering member 2, the solar cell element 3 receiving the light and generating electric power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideki Uchida, Hideomi Yui, Tokiyoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 8948561
    Abstract: A waveguide is provided on which an electromagnetic wave impinges, the electromagnetic wave having a wavelength ? included in a given interval ?? of interest centered on a ?centr. The waveguide comprises a film defining a surface on a plane on which the electromagnetic waves are apt to impinge, having a thickness in a direction substantially perpendicular to the surface, the film being realized in a material having a first refractive index; a plurality of scatterers being randomly distributed in two directions in at least a portion of the surface of the film, the scatterers having a substantially constant cross section along said substantially perpendicular direction. The scatterers are realized in a material having a second refractive index lower than the first refractive index, wherein the wavelength of the incident electromagnetic waves is comprised between 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: CNR—Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche
    Inventors: Diederik Sybolt Wiersma, Francesco Riboli, Kevin Vynck, Matteo Burresi
  • Patent number: 8937242
    Abstract: The invention provides a solar energy system. A flexible transparent body includes a top surface, a bottom surface and two edges, wherein the top surface is a light receiving surface for receiving light with a first wave-length. A plurality of solar cells is disposed on at least one of the edges of the flexible transparent body, wherein the solar cells can covert light having a second wave-length into electrical energy. A wavelength converting layer is provided for converting light with the first wave-length to light with the second wave-length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chen-Yang Huang, Sheng-Chieh Tai, Ming-Hsien Wu, Wen-Yih Liao, Chia-Ling Li
  • Publication number: 20150013743
    Abstract: A solar cell module includes a front plate, at least one solar cell chip, and at least one anti-ultraviolet light element. The front plate has at least one anti-ultraviolet light segment and at least one light receiving segment. The solar cell chip is disposed at one side of the front plate, and a vertical projection of the light receiving segment of the front plate overlaps at least one portion of the solar cell chip. The anti-ultraviolet light element is disposed at the other side of the front plate opposite to the solar cell chip, and covers the anti-ultraviolet light segment of the front plate but exposes the light receiving segment of the front plate. The anti-ultraviolet light element allows visible light to pass therethrough, but blocks the ultraviolet light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: AU Optronics Corporation
    Inventor: Shih-Hsien YANG
  • Patent number: 8927856
    Abstract: An optical device (1) is provided. The optical device comprising a switchable layer (2) at least one alignment layer (6) a light guiding system (5), whereas the switchable layer (2) comprises a luminescent material (3) for absorbing and emitting light, whereby the alignment of the luminescent material (3) is changeable and the light guiding system (5) guides the emitted light, whereby the switchable layer (2) is in contact with the at least one alignment layer (6) and the luminescent material (3) exhibits anisotropic properties, whereby the optical device (1) comprises a light energy-converting means (7), wherein the light guiding system (5) is in physical contact with the energy converting means (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Peer+B.V.
    Inventors: Michael George Debije, Casper Laurens Oosten Van, Cornelis Wilhelmus Maria Bastiaansen