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Solar Energy Absorber

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000070048D
Original Publication Date: 1978-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Lowe, AC [+details]

Abstract

A solar energy absorber is produced by evaporating or sputtering a thin film of a low reflectivity metal, such as chromium, molybdenum, or tungsten, on a film of plastics material, the surface of which has been provided with a topography such as that described in the article `Reduction of Lens Reflection by the "Moth Eye" Principle,' P. B. Clapham and M. C. Hutley, Nature 244, 281-282 (August 3, 1973). The resulting metal foil is then bonded to the surface of a solar energy heat exchanger, and the plastic material removed. The exposed metal surface embossed with the low reflectance topography is an efficient absorber of infrared radiation.