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Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2016, Page: 60-66
Optical Fiber Daylighting System Featuring Alignment-Free
Ngoc Hai Vu, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Myongji University, Yongin, South Korea
Seoyong Shin, Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Myongji University, Yongin, South Korea
Received: May 3, 2016;       Published: May 4, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijepe.20160502.15      View  4871      Downloads  202
We present a cost-effective optical fiber daylighting system composed of prism and compound parabolic concentrator (P-CPC). Our simulation results demonstrate an optical efficiency of up to 89% when the concentration ratio of the P-CPC is fixed at 100. We have also used a simulation to determine an optimal geometric structure of P-CPCs. Because of the simplicity of the P-CPC structure, a lower-cost mass production process is possible. Our quest for an optimal structure has also shown that P-CPC has high tolerance for input angle of sunlight. The high tolerance allows replacing a highly dual precise active sun-tracking system with a single sun-tracking system as a cost-effective solution. Therefore, our results provide an important breakthrough for the commercialization of optical fiber daylighting systems that are faced with challenges related to high cost.
Compound Parabolic Concentrator, Plastic Optical Fiber, Daylighting.
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Ngoc Hai Vu, Seoyong Shin, Optical Fiber Daylighting System Featuring Alignment-Free, International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2016, pp. 60-66. doi: 10.11648/j.ijepe.20160502.15
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