The International Workshop on Glass for Harvesting, Storage and Efficient Use of Solar Energy, the 'Solar Glass Workshop,' held on November 16-18, 2008, in Pittsburgh, Pa., identified scientific and engineering challenges having the potential to increase the functionality and usefulness of glass in various solar energy applications. The topics discussed at the workshop include optical transmission, including low-ferrous-iron glass, thickness, effects of long-term ultraviolet exposure, and borofloat and fused quartz. The Participants identified various challenges such as development of stronger glass to allow thinner sheets for PVs and PV tubing walls and mirrors for solar thermal. Control of redox reaction during the glassmelting process was found to be a solution to the problem of increased energy costs for melting low-iron glass due to enhanced infrared transmissivity of the glass in conventional gas-fired furnaces.
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|American Ceramic Society Bulletin
|Published - Feb 1 2009
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ceramics and Composites