Simulation and analysis of prismatic bioinspired compound lenses for solar cells

Francesco Chiadini, Vincenzo Fiumara, Antonio Scaglione, Akhlesh Lakhtakia

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Inspired by the apposition compound eyes of many dipterans, we formulated a fractal scheme to design prismatic lenses to improve the performance of silicon solar cells. We simulated the absorption of light, both directly illuminating and diffuse, using the geometrical-optics approximation. We found that properly designed bioinspired compound lenses (BCLs) can significantly improve the light-harvesting capabilities of silicon solar cells. The degree of improvement will depend on the material chosen to make the BCLs as well as the operating conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number026002
JournalBioinspiration and Biomimetics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 4 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)


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