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  • Main Title State-of-the-art low-cost solar reflector materials


  • Author: Kennedy, C
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Jorgensen, G
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (U.S.)
    Place of Publication: Golden, Colorado
    Additional Info: National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)


  • Creation: 1994-11-01


  • English


  • Content Description: Solar thermal technologies generate power by concentrating sunlight with large mirrors. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is working with industrial partners to develop the optical reflector materials needed for the successful deployment of this technology. The reflector materials must be low in cost and maintain high specular reflectance for extended lifetimes in severe outdoor environments. Currently, the best candidate materials for solar mirrors are silver-coated low-iron glass and silvered polymer films. Polymer reflectors are lighter in weight, offer greater flexibility in system design, and have the potential for lower cost than glass mirrors. In parallel with collaborative activities, several innovative candidate reflector-material constructions were investigated at NREL. The low-cost material requirement necessitates manufacturing compatible with mass-production techniques. Future cooperative efforts with the web-coating industry offers the promise of exciting new alternative materials and the potential for dramatic cost savings in developing advanced solar reflector materials.
  • Physical Description: 14 p.


  • Keyword: Solar Thermal Concentrator System
  • Keyword: Parabolic Trough
  • STI Subject Categories: 14 Solar Energy
  • Keyword: Solar Reflectors
  • Keyword: Mirrors
  • Keyword: Silvered Polymer
  • Keyword: Design
  • Keyword: Polymers Solar Thermal Concentrator System


  • Conference: 8. international vacuum web coating conference, Las Vegas, NV (United States), 6-8 Nov 1994


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Other: DE95000260
  • Report No.: NREL/TP--471-7022
  • Report No.: CONF-9411174--1
  • Grant Number: AC36-83CH10093
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 36591
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc680322


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE95000260