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Transparent Photonic Crystal Heat Mirrors for Solar Thermal Applications

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Canada
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Energies 2020, 13(6), 1464; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13061464
Received: 2 January 2020 / Revised: 15 March 2020 / Accepted: 19 March 2020 / Published: 20 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems)
Numerical calculations are performed to determine the potential of using one-dimensional transparent photonic crystal heat mirrors (TPCHMs) as transparent coatings for solar receivers. At relatively low operating temperatures of 500 K, the TPCHMs investigated herein do not provide a significant advantage over conventional transparent heat mirrors that are made using transparent conducting oxide films. However, the results show that TPCHMs can enhance the performance of transparent solar receiver covers at higher operating temperatures. At 1000 K, the amount of radiation reflected by a transparent cover back to the receiver can be increased from 40.4% to 60.0%, without compromising the transmittance of solar radiation through the cover, by using a TPCHM in the place of a conventional transparent mirror with a In2O3:Sn film. For a receiver operating temperature of 1500 K, the amount of radiation reflected back to the receiver can be increased from 25.7% for a cover that is coated with a In2O3:Sn film to 57.6% for a cover with a TPCHM. The TPCHM that is presented in this work might be useful for high-temperature applications where high-performance is required over a relatively small area, such as the cover for evacuated receivers or volumetric receivers in Sterling engines. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar energy; transparent heat mirror; photonic crystals; solar receivers; thermal photonics solar energy; transparent heat mirror; photonic crystals; solar receivers; thermal photonics
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Rostami, M.; Talebzadeh, N.; O’Brien, P.G. Transparent Photonic Crystal Heat Mirrors for Solar Thermal Applications. Energies 2020, 13, 1464.

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