Applied Physics A

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 83–93 | Cite as

Solar energy materials

Overview and some examples
  • C. G. Granqvist
Solids And Materials

Abstract

This paper introduces materials for energy efficiency and solar energy utilization and discusses some current trends for basic research and development. Most of the materials involve thin surface coatings. Overviews are given for solar absorber surfaces, transparent infrared reflectors and transparent conductors, large-area chromogenics for transmittance control in “smart windows”, and transparent convection-suppressing materials, whereas solar cell materials are not included. The paper also treats a few examples of specific coatings that are presently being investigated; data are given for angular-selective transmittance through porous Cr films with oblique columnar microstructure, transparent and conducting non-stoichiometric SnO2 films, and chromogenic effects in Li-intercalated VO2 films.

PACS

01.30.Rr 89.30.+f 42.80.-f 42.70.Fh 78.65.-s 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. G. Granqvist
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  1. 1.Physics DepartmentChalmers University of Technology and University of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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