Special Issue "Thin Film Solar Cells: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Kenji Araki

Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya 468-8511, Japan
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Interests: new application of high-efficiency photovoltaic; CPV (concentrator photovoltaic); mobile PV (car-roof PV)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The combination of PVs (photovoltaics) and coatings will be a key technology for sound sustainability. Recently, the game has been changing with new, colorful, and artistic PV panels using advanced coating technology. They are not exotic, but are vivid and comfortable. The recent development in EVs (Electric Vehicles) and PHVs (Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles) have allowed automobile technology to open the door for solar-engined. When this happens, car-roof PVs should not be blue-black, but more colors are often seen in the motor vehicle body. Please consider submitting your work to this Special Issue. The topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Color and appearance control of solar panels;
  • Production issues of coated PV (photovoltaic); 
  • Reliability of coated PV;
  • Application to BIPV (Building-Integrated Photovoltaics) using coated PV panels;
  • Application to car-roof PV that matches the body color of vehicles: quality control of artistic PV panels, including car-roof PVs;
  • Anti-soiling coating to PV;
  • Heat radiation coating to PV.

Dr. Kenji Araki
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Open AccessEditorial To Do List for Research and Development and International Standardization to Achieve the Goal of Running a Majority of Electric Vehicles on Solar Energy
Coatings 2018, 8(7), 251; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings8070251
Received: 15 May 2018 / Revised: 2 June 2018 / Accepted: 13 July 2018 / Published: 17 July 2018
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A car-roof photovoltaic has enormous potential to change our society. With this technology, 70% of a car can run on the solar energy collected by the solar panel on its roof. Unfortunately, it is not a simple extension of conventional photovoltaic technology. This
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A car-roof photovoltaic has enormous potential to change our society. With this technology, 70% of a car can run on the solar energy collected by the solar panel on its roof. Unfortunately, it is not a simple extension of conventional photovoltaic technology. This paper lists what we need to do to achieve the goal of running a majority of cars on renewable solar energy, after clarification of the difference to conventional photovoltaic technology. In addition to technological development, standardization will be important and this list was made highlighting standardization. Full article
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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Visually Attractive and High-Power-Retention Solar Modules by Coloring with Automotive Paints
Coatings 2018, 8(8), 282; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings8080282
Received: 13 June 2018 / Revised: 30 July 2018 / Accepted: 11 August 2018 / Published: 15 August 2018
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The automotive painting technique is highly advantageous for coloring solar modules, because it enables the modules to be visually attractive over a large area, numerous colors can be applied, and they are highly durable. Herein, we present a high-performance solar module colored using
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The automotive painting technique is highly advantageous for coloring solar modules, because it enables the modules to be visually attractive over a large area, numerous colors can be applied, and they are highly durable. Herein, we present a high-performance solar module colored using an automotive painting technique. We coated a dilute automotive pigment, the high-transmittance mica pigment, with a clear coat material on a crystalline Si solar module to generate blue color. Our measurements show that a pigment weight concentration of around 10% with the mica pigment is suitable for painting the solar modules, because it enables visual attractiveness while retaining over 80% of the output power, compared to the original solar module. We believe that the technique proposed herein can considerably increase the installable area of solar modules on a car body. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Author: Yasuyuki Ota
Title:
Curve-correction factor for characterization of the output of three-dimensional curved photovoltaic module on the car roof 

Authors: Masahide Kawarayaa, Tatsuo Toyodab, Shoichi Doib, Daisuke Kitazawac, Shinich Magainod, Hiroshi Segawae, Katsuhiko Takagif, Chiaki Tanakaf
Affiliations:
a Mikuni Color Ltd.
b Aishin Seiki Co., Ltd.
c Toray Industries Inc.
d Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology
e The University of Tokyo
f Research Association for Technological Innovation of Organic Photovoltaics
Title: Development of Emergency Self Emitting Guide Device using the Organic Solar Cells

Author: Martin Heinrich
Title: Advanced coating for color control with little sacrifies of performance onto the photovoltaic module

 

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