Solar Energy Absorbing Materials that are Capable of Withstanding Long-Term Exposure at 600 °C: Research Strategy
Pipes for parabolic-trough solar energy collectors (PTSC) must be able to operate and withstand high temperatures in corrosive environments for a long time without changing its microstructure and losing its original properties. The stages of development of a new material and technology for solar energy collectors that allows the production of a PTSC solar energy-absorbing material that is capable of withstanding temperatures ≥ 600 °C for at least 250 days are described. This material is a glass-crystalline enamel coating that is adhered to tubular stainless steel pipes. Such enamel coatings have high coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) that are similar to the metal surface. These matching CTEs allow the enamel coatings to resist flaking during the heating at 900 °C. The high-temperature resistance of the developed coating was ensured not only by specific additives added to the frit of the coating but also by an additional nanosized sol-gel coating over the enamelled metal substrate.
Gundars Mežinskis, Līga Grase, Ruta Švinka, Ilona Pavlovska, Jānis Grabis, Kęstutis Baltakys and Irina Hussainova
I. Pavlovska et al., "Solar Energy Absorbing Materials that are Capable of Withstanding Long-Term Exposure at 600 °C: Research Strategy", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 788, pp. 126-134, 2018