Transparent Patch Antenna on a-Si Thin Film Glass Solar Module

TitleTransparent Patch Antenna on a-Si Thin Film Glass Solar Module
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsRoo Ons, MJ, Shynu, SV, Ammann, MJ, McCormack, S, Norton, B
Journal TitleElectronics Letters
Volume47
Issue2
Pagination85-86
Journal Date01/2011
Abstract

An optically transparent microstrip patch mounted on the surface of a commercially available solar module is proposed. The patch comprises a thin sheet of clear polyester with a conductive coating. The amorphous silicon solar cells in the module are used as both photovoltaic generator and antenna ground plane. The proposed structure provides a peak gain of 3.96 dBi in the 3.4-3.8 GHz range without significantly compromising the light transmission in the module. A comparison between copper and transparent conductors is made in terms of antenna and solar performance. The proposed technique is considerably simpler that previous integration approaches.

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This work features in a magazine article in the same issue. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?tp=&arnumber=5699976
More Information: http://ahfr.dit.ie/node/345
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/224214457_Transparent_patch_ant...

URLhttp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?tp=&arnumber=5699986
DOI10.1049/el.2010.7397
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