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Advanced Analysis of Corroded Solar Reflectors

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CIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de Almería, Ctra. Senés, 04200 Tabernas, Spain
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German Aerospace Center (DLR), Ctra. Senés, 04200 Tabernas, Spain
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Coatings 2019, 9(11), 749; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9110749
Received: 26 September 2019 / Revised: 31 October 2019 / Accepted: 8 November 2019 / Published: 11 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Surfaces and Interfaces for Renewable Energy)
The corrosion of the reflective layer is one of the main degradation mechanisms of solar reflectors. However, the appropriate assessment of the corroded reflector samples is not accomplished by the current analysis techniques. On the one hand, the reflectance measurement protocol of non-damaged solar reflectors for concentrating solar thermal technologies is widely addressed in the SolarPACES reflectance guideline. However, this methodology is not adequate for reflectors whose surface is partially corroded by many kind of corrosion agents. In this work, a new measurement technique to properly assess corroded samples was developed. To check the usefulness of the method, several damaged samples (subjected to two accelerated aging tests) were evaluated with the conventional technique and with the improved one. The results showed that a significant discrepancy is observed between the two methods for heavily corroded samples, with average reflectance differences of 0.053 ppt. The visualization of the reflector images illustrated that the improved method is more reliable. On the other hand, both the corrosion products formed and the corrosion rates were identified after each corrosive test. The chemical atmosphere significantly affects the products formed, whereas the corrosion rates are influenced by the test conditions and the reflector quality. View Full-Text
Keywords: concentrating solar thermal energy; corroded solar reflector; improved measurement method; corrosion product; corrosion rate; monochromatic specular reflectance; solar hemispherical reflectance concentrating solar thermal energy; corroded solar reflector; improved measurement method; corrosion product; corrosion rate; monochromatic specular reflectance; solar hemispherical reflectance
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Buendía-Martínez, F.; Fernández-García, A.; Sutter, F.; Valenzuela, L.; García-Segura, A. Advanced Analysis of Corroded Solar Reflectors. Coatings 2019, 9, 749. https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9110749

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Buendía-Martínez F, Fernández-García A, Sutter F, Valenzuela L, García-Segura A. Advanced Analysis of Corroded Solar Reflectors. Coatings. 2019; 9(11):749. https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9110749

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Buendía-Martínez, Francisco; Fernández-García, Aránzazu; Sutter, Florian; Valenzuela, Loreto; García-Segura, Alejandro. 2019. "Advanced Analysis of Corroded Solar Reflectors" Coatings 9, no. 11: 749. https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9110749

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