Solar Light Absorption Property and Application to Photo-Thermal Energy Conversion Coating

In 2002, Masato Nishimura and Takashi Ishiguro of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology, Nagaoka, Japan, fabricated solar absorber coating having functional graded structure composed of nano-structured Ag layers with different morphology as an example of the application of nano-structure. From the viewpoint of thermal stability, the nano-structured silver layers could not be utilized reliably for the solar absorber coating.

Originally published in Materials Transactions, Vol. 43, No. 8 (2002) pp. 2073 to 2079, the study also confirmed that the optical absorption of the nano-structured silver layer varied visibly from the resonance absorption to the metallic reflection through the broadened absorption at visible and near-infrared regions. A solar absorber coating with thermal stability had been designed and made completely of all nano-structured silver layers.

The entire article can be found at The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials.