Coatings for solar cells and photovoltaic or even thermal solar energy have to fulfill specific requirements that take into account the constraints of that field.
The main requirements for photovoltaic coatings are:
Increase the light collecting yield
Modern solar cells can absorb energy on a wider spectrum than before and photovoltaic coatings can increase the yield and efficiency of the solar cells by being anti-
Slow down the aging process
The efficiency of solar cells can decrease wit time due to the degradation of the protecting glass through water or other pollution factors. By being oleophobic and hydrophobic and modern coating can improve dramatically the life time efficiency of solar panels.
Reduce maintenance costs
One of the main cost factors for solar energy is the need to clean the photovoltaic cells regurlarly to ensure a proper light gathering. Modern coatings can be used that are self cleaning, mainly through photocatalytic properties.
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|Sol-Gel Dip-Coating Training|
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|Antireflective and hydrophobic coating for polymers|
|Heterogeneous nanopatterned inorganic surface|
|Porous thick coating from aqueous solution|
|Thickness graded coating|
|Ultralow dielectric constant optical thin film|
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