A review of cermet-based spectrally selective solar absorbers
Author(s)Cao, Feng; McEnaney, Kenneth; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng
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Spectrally selective solar absorbers harvest solar energy in the form of heat. Solar absorbers using cermet-based coatings demonstrate a high absorptance of the solar spectrum and a low emittance in the infrared (IR) regime. Extensive work has been done to optimize cermet-based solar absorbers to achieve high performance by exploring different cermet (ceramic–metal composite) materials and film configurations through different preparation techniques such as electrodeposition, sputtering, pulsed laser deposition, and solution-based methods. In this article, we review the progress of cermet-based spectrally selective absorbers with high solar absorptance and low thermal emittance, such as Cr[subscript 2]O[subscript 3], Al[subscript 2]O[subscript 3], AlN, SiO[subscript 2], and ZrO[subscript 2] based cermets as absorption layers. We also present an outlook for cermet-based spectrally selective absorbers with high thermal stability and high conversion efficiency from sunlight to heat.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Energy & Environmental Science
Royal Society of Chemistry
Cao, Feng, Kenneth McEnaney, Gang Chen, and Zhifeng Ren. “A Review of Cermet-Based Spectrally Selective Solar Absorbers.” Energy Environ. Sci. 7, no. 5 (2014): 1615.
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