Reflective Coatings for Solar Applications

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    Many applications of solar energy require large mirrors to provide high levels of concentrated sunlight. The success of such conversion systems hinges on the optical durability and economic viability of the reflector materials. A major effort at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been to improve the existing reflector materials technology and to identify candidates that retainoptical performance and durability criteria and offer potential for reduced cost. To attain the goals, it is desirable to maintain and increase the involvement of industrial organizations in reflective materials R&D related to the conversion of solar resources to useful energy. Toward this end, NREL has recently initiated several collaborative efforts with industry to develop advanced reflectormaterials.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages11
    StatePublished - 1993
    EventSociety of Vacuum Coaters 36th Annual Technical Conference -
    Duration: 27 Apr 199329 Apr 1993


    ConferenceSociety of Vacuum Coaters 36th Annual Technical Conference

    Bibliographical note

    Prepared for the Society of Vacuum Coaters, 36th Annual Technical Conference, 27-29 April 1993

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-471-5536


    • reflector materials
    • solar concentrator
    • solar energy
    • solar thermal


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