Green Photonics - Applications
"Green Photonics" project combines applications for generating and saving energy, reducing greenhouse gases and efficiently generating light. The associated technologies include photovoltaic, light emitting diode (LED) illumination, optical sensors, and energy-efficient communication technologies as well as energy- and resource-efficient laser production processes.
Examining these technologies in detail, it becomes clear that these seemingly different topics have a number of similarities. LED technology and photovoltaics, for example, are both semiconductor technologies and in both cases optics and optoelectronics play an important role. This means that major research topics, like the optimization of light control and manipulation, have a common base.
In addition, the next few years will bring a variety of innovations. The small size and compact design of LEDs and solar cells (especially of CPV) will reveal completely new possibilities for their integration in many application areas (self-powered lighting systems, medical technology, sensor technology, traffic engineering and communication technologies). Combined with an appropriate lighting management, this opens up completely new approaches and strategies for technological developments and new products.