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Solar Panel Tile with Semibotryoidal Amorphous Surface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000049391D
Original Publication Date: 1982-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Whedon, WT [+details]

Abstract

A tile for a solar panel is formed by a process that gives the tile a semibotryoidal (bumpy) surface that traps sunlight effectively. The tile surface can have metal dendrites or pigments to increase the absorption. The tile is durable. It conducts heat well, and it can be formed with internal passages to carry a liquid or a gas for heat transfer. The bulk ceramic has the following composition by weight percent: 40 percent kaolin 30 percent soda feldspar 15 percent potash feldspar 15 percent dolomite.