Characterization of Optical Properties of Mirrors and Absorber Coatings
The optical performance of mirror and absorber materials is essential for the efficiency of concentrating solar collectors.
The optical properties relevant for the specific concentrating solar technology are measured and evaluated with a range of reflectometer and spectrometer instruments in the laboratory.
Furthermore, procedures can be adapted to meet exceptional demands for specific CSP applications on the basis of expert knowledge and experience.
The risk of using innovative mirror and absorber materials in CSP applications can be reduced by testing the durability and consequently predicting the life time of the materials. For this purpose different high temperature furnaces and environmental chambers are available.