Performance and Durability Assessment: book cover

Performance and Durability Assessment:

Optical Materials for Solar Thermal Systems

* 2 real examples demonstrate how to obtain the service life of solar collector systems
* Durable, providing fundamentals that will continue to be valuable over the next 5-10 years
* Lighting a pathway to the commercialisation of solar products

Solar devices lose their performance over time. The rate of degradation controls the service life of these devices. The essential concepts used to assess durability and performance of two specific solar collector systems are described, enabling researchers to assess durability in other solar devices. The examples of modelling, testing and performance measurements give researchers a how-to approach to reach crucial service lifetime predictions.

Achieving successful and sustainable commercialisation of solar products relies on the fulfilment of 2 further criteria and these are also discussed.

The methodology of service lifetime predictions (SLP), which is explained in detail in the book, is crucially needed in other solar technologies and is generally applicable to a wide variety of materials, components and systems used in other solar, biomedical, aerospace, electronic and coatings technologies.

Scientists and researchers and engineers investigating optical materials for solar thermal development

Hardbound, 412 Pages

Published: October 2004

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-08-044401-7


  • - Introduction to the performance and durability assessment of optical materials for solar thermal systems- Materials performance and system performance- Environmental stress conditions- Durability assessment and service lifetime prediction- Methods for reducing environmental stress in solar collectors- Modeling of microclimates, ventilation rate testing procedures, and case studies on polymeric glazings


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