A Review of Recent Air Force Research on Selective Solar Absorbers

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R. L. Long

United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

J. Eng. Power 87(3), 277-280 (Jul 01, 1965) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3678246 History: Received August 07, 1964; Online January 10, 2012


This paper presents a review of recent Air Force research efforts to develop new and improved solar absorber coatings for solar power generation. The work of several laboratories is described as it relates to a particular experimental approach or technique for producing selectively absorbing surfaces. Such unique techniques as microporous surfaces and metallo-organic solution decomposition are discussed as well as the more conventional optical interference methods. A discussion of the applications of these coatings to fulfill Air Force coatings needs in this area is also given.

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