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Solar energy materials for thermal applications: A primer
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Physics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Solid State Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8279-5163
2018 (English)In: Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, ISSN 0927-0248, E-ISSN 1879-3398, Vol. 180, p. 213-226Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Solar energy materials have properties that are tailored to the characteristics of the electromagnetic radiation in our natural surroundings, specifically its spectral distribution, angle of incidence and intensity. This tailoring can be made with regard to solar irradiation, thermal emission, atmospheric absorption, visible light, photosynthetic efficiency and more. Solar energy materials can be of many kinds, e.g., metallic, semiconducting, dielectric, glassy, polymeric, gaseous, etc. In particular, thin surface coatings of solar energy materials may exhibit the desired properties in their own right or may yield such properties when backed by an appropriate substrate. This article surveys a number of topics related to thermal applications such as solar thermal converters, transparent thermal insulators, devices for radiative cooling by exposure to the clear sky, and windows and glass facades with static or dynamic properties. The purpose of the present paper is to provide a bird's eye view over a wide class of materials of rising importance rather than giving detailed accounts of highly specialized topics.

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ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV , 2018. Vol. 180, p. 213-226
Keywords [en]
Solar energy, Materials, Thin films, Solar collectors, Transparent insulation, Radiative cooling, Energy efficient windows
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Energy Engineering Condensed Matter Physics Engineering and Technology
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Engineering Science with specialization in Solid State Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356377DOI: 10.1016/j.solmat.2018.02.004ISI: 000430765600025OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-356377DiVA, id: diva2:1239169
Available from: 2018-08-15 Created: 2018-08-15 Last updated: 2018-12-17

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