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Surfaces and Interfaces for Renewable Energy

Francisco Manzano-Agugliaro
1,* and
Aránzazu Fernández-García
Department of Engineering, University of Almeria, ceiA3, 04120 Almeria, Spain
CIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de Almería, Ctra. Senés, 04200 Tabernas, Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Coatings 2019, 9(12), 838;
Submission received: 5 December 2019 / Accepted: 6 December 2019 / Published: 9 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Surfaces and Interfaces for Renewable Energy)


Energy is a growing need in today’s world. Citizens and governments are increasingly aware of the sustainable use that must be made of natural resources and the great negative impact on the environment produced by conventional energies. Therefore, developments in energy systems based on renewable energies must be carried out in the very near future. To ensure their sustainability, they must be made of durable materials, and for this, the study of coatings is extremely important. This is also vital in systems based on solar energy, where the optical properties of the materials must be preserved as long as possible, and to this must be added the fact that they tend to be installed in very aggressive environments from the point of view of corrosion. Therefore, this special issue aims to contribute to the development of this challenge.

1. Introduction

The worldwide demand for electricity will grow to 50% in the next 20 years, mainly due to the increase in the world population, the generalization of electric vehicles as a form of transport and the boom in the battery market. However, this huge increase will be covered almost completely by renewable energy sources. The durability of renewable energy systems depends to a large extent on their surfaces. The improvement of coatings is one of the great challenges of the engineering and material science applied to these systems. This Special Issue will focus on the developments in this particular domain.
This Special Issue includes theoretical or practical issues of the following topics of interest, but are not limited to:
  • Antireflective coatings;
  • Antisoiling coatings;
  • Corrosion resistance coatings;
  • Increased optical properties (reflectance, absorptance, transmittance, and emittance);
  • Surface treatment;
  • Solar cells;
  • Scanning electron microscopy;
  • X-ray diffraction;
  • Thin films;
  • Polymers;
  • Plastic coatings;
  • Corrosion;
  • Nanoparticles and nanotechnology;
  • Titanium dioxide;
  • Carbon nanotubes;
  • Aluminum coatings;
  • Paints;
  • Composite materials;
  • Environmental impact;
  • Lifetime prediction;
  • Accelerated aging methods; and
  • Optical measurement techniques.

2. Statistics of the Special Issue

The authors’ geographical distribution by country for the published papers is shown in Table 1, where it is possible to observe 27 authors from Spain and Germany.

3. Authors of this Special Issue

The authors of this special issue and their main affiliations are summarized in Table 2, where there are four authors on average per manuscript.

4. Brief Overview of the Contributions to This Special Issue

If a brief representation of all the keywords of the articles of the Special Issue is made by means of a cloud of words, Figure 1 is obtained. Here, it is observed that the predominant keywords are Solar, Coating, Film, and Thin.

Author Contributions

All authors contributed equally to this work.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


  1. Buendía-Martínez, F.; Fernández-García, A.; Sutter, F.; Valenzuela, L.; García-Segura, A. Advanced Analysis of Corroded Solar Reflectors. Coatings 2019, 9, 749. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [Green Version]
  2. Wette, J.; Fernández-García, A.; Sutter, F.; Buendía-Martínez, F.; Argüelles-Arízcun, D.; Azpitarte, I.; Pérez, G. Water Saving in CSP Plants by a Novel Hydrophilic Anti-Soiling Coating for Solar Reflectors. Coatings 2019, 9, 739. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [Green Version]
  3. Oskay, C.; Meißner, T.M.; Dobler, C.; Grégoire, B.; Galetz, M.C. Scale Formation and Degradation of Diffusion Coatings Deposited on 9% Cr Steel in Molten Solar Salt. Coatings 2019, 9, 687. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [Green Version]
  4. Vidal, K.; Gómez, E.; Goitandia, A.M.; Angulo-Ibáñez, A.; Aranzabe, E. The Synthesis of a Superhydrophobic and Thermal Stable Silica Coating via Sol-Gel Process. Coatings 2019, 9, 627. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [Green Version]
  5. Gledhill, S.; Steyer, K.; Weiss, C.; Hildebrandt, C. HiPIMS and DC Magnetron Sputter-Coated Silver Films for High-Temperature Durable Reflectors. Coatings 2019, 9, 593. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [Green Version]
  6. Novas, N.; Alcayde, A.; El Khaled, D.; Manzano-Agugliaro, F. Coatings in Photovoltaic Solar Energy Worldwide Research. Coatings 2019, 9, 797. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [Green Version]
Figure 1. Cloudword of all the keywords.
Figure 1. Cloudword of all the keywords.
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Table 1. Geographic distribution by the country of author.
Table 1. Geographic distribution by the country of author.
CountryNumber of Authors
Table 2. Affiliations and bibliometric indicators for the authors.
Table 2. Affiliations and bibliometric indicators for the authors.
AuthorMain AffiliationCountryReference
Francisco Buendía-MartínezCIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de AlmeríaSpain[1,2]
Aránzazu Fernández-GarcíaCIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de AlmeríaSpain[1,2]
Florian SutterGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)Germany[1,2]
Loreto ValenzuelaCIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de AlmeríaSpain[1]
Alejandro García-SeguraCIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de AlmeríaSpain[1]
Johannes WetteGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)Germany[2]
David Argüelles-ArízcunCIEMAT-Plataforma Solar de AlmeríaSpain[2]
Itziar AzpitarteIK4-TeknikerSpain[2]
Gema PérezRioglass Solar S.A.Spain[2]
Ceyhun OskayDECHEMA-ForschungsinstitutGermany[3]
Tobias M. MeißnerDECHEMA-ForschungsinstitutGermany[3]
Carmen DoblerDECHEMA-ForschungsinstitutGermany[3]
Benjamin GrégoireDECHEMA-ForschungsinstitutGermany[3]
Mathias C. GaletzDECHEMA-ForschungsinstitutGermany[3]
Karmele VidalIK4-TeknikerSpain[4]
Estíbaliz GómezIK4-TeknikerSpain[4]
Amaia Martínez GoitandiaIK4-TeknikerSpain[4]
Adrián Angulo-IbáñezIK4-TeknikerSpain[4]
Estíbaliz Aranzabe IK4-TeknikerSpain[4]
Sophie GledhillFraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy SystemsGermany[5]
Kevin SteyerFraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy SystemsGermany[5]
Charlotte WeissFraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy SystemsGermany[5]
Christina HildebrandtFraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy SystemsGermany[5]
Nuria NovasUniversity of AlmeriaSpain[6]
Alfredo AlcaydeUniversity of AlmeriaSpain[6]
Dalia El KhaledUniversity of AlmeriaSpain[6]
Francisco Manzano-AgugliaroUniversity of AlmeriaSpain[6]

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