Indoor illumination by solar light collectors

Year: 2008

Authors: Sansoni P., Francini F., Fontani D., Mercatelli L., Jafrancesco D.

Autors Affiliation: CNR – Istituto Nazionale di Ottica Applicata, Largo E. Fermi 6, 50125 Firenze, Italy

Abstract: An innovative system for illumination of internal spaces was studied, constructed and tested. The system was dubbed \’The Sunflowers\’ because the solar collectors were designed to track the sun\’s position during the day. Each Sunflower includes sunlight concentrators, optical fibres and mechanical and electronic systems for sun tracking. A Sunflower lighting system has been successfully installed in a prestigious museum to provide internal illumination of showcases. Solar illumination is obtained by concentrating the sunlight into optical fibres, which guide the light in the interior of the building and realise the lighting points.


Volume: 40 (4)      Pages from: 323  to: 332

KeyWords: Lighting; Optical fibers; Optical materials; Solar energy, Electronic systems; Innovative systems; Lighting systems; Optical fibres; Solar illuminations; Solar lights; Sunlight concentrators, Solar system
DOI: 10.1177/1477153508095128

Citations: 19
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