Development and Testing of Solar Reflectors

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    To make concentrating solar power technologies more cost competitive, it is necessary to develop advanced reflector materials that are low in cost and maintain high reflectance for extended lifetimes under severe outdoor environments. The Advanced Materials Team performs durability testing of candidate solar reflectors at outdoor test sites and in accelerated weathering chambers. Severalmaterials being developed by industry have been submitted for evaluation. These include silvered glass mirrors, aluminized reflectors, and front-surface mirrors. In addition to industry-supplied materials, NREL is funding the development of new, innovative reflectors, including a new commercial laminate reflector and an advanced solar reflective mirror (ASRM). To help commercialize the ASRM, acost analysis was performed; it shows the total production cost could meet the goal. The development, performance, and durability of these candidate solar reflectors and cost analysis results will be described.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages5
    StatePublished - 2005
    Event2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting - Denver, Colorado
    Duration: 25 Oct 200428 Oct 2004


    Conference2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting
    CityDenver, Colorado

    Bibliographical note

    Presented at the 2004 DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program Review Meeting, 25-28 October 2004, Denver, Colorado. Also included in the proceedings available on CD-ROM (DOE/GO-102005-2067; NREL/CD-520-37140)

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/CP-520-36582


    • advanced reflector materials
    • advanced solar reflective mirror (asrm)
    • aluminized reflectors
    • concentrating solar power (CSP)
    • front-surface mirrors
    • PV
    • silvered glass mirrors


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