Chapter 5.7. Solar Radiation Conversion

  1. Dr. Michael Scheffler3 and
  2. Prof. Ing. Paolo Colombo4
  1. Thomas Fend1,
  2. Robert Pitz-Paal1,
  3. Bernhard Hoffschmidt2 and
  4. Oliver Reutter1

Published Online: 24 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527606696.ch5g

Cellular Ceramics: Structure, Manufacturing, Properties and Applications

Cellular Ceramics: Structure, Manufacturing, Properties and Applications

How to Cite

Fend, T., Pitz-Paal, R., Hoffschmidt, B. and Reutter, O. (2005) Solar Radiation Conversion, in Cellular Ceramics: Structure, Manufacturing, Properties and Applications (eds M. Scheffler and P. Colombo), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527606696.ch5g

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington, 418 Roberts Hall, Box 352120, Seattle, WA 98195-2120, USA

  2. 4

    Dipartimento di Chimica Applicata, e Scienza dei Materiali, Università di Bologna, V. le Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna, Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    German Aerospace Center, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln, Germany

  2. 2

    University of Applied Scienes Aachen, Solar-Institute Jülich, Aachen, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 MAR 2006
  2. Published Print: 9 MAY 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527313204

Online ISBN: 9783527606696



  • cellular ceramics;
  • applications;
  • solar radiation conversion;
  • volumetric absorber principle;
  • optical;
  • thermodynamic;
  • fluid-mechanical requirements;
  • cellular ceramics;
  • solar energy conversion;
  • absorber tests;
  • physical restrictions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Volumetric Absorber Principle

  • Optical, Thermodynamic, and Fluid-Mechanical Requirements of Cellular Ceramics for Solar Energy Conversion

  • Examples of Cellular Ceramics Used as Volumetric Absorbers

    • Extruded Silicon Carbide Catalyst Supports

    • Ceramic Foams

    • SiC Fiber Mesh

    • Screen-Printed Absorbers (Direct-Typing Process)

    • Material Combinations

  • Absorber Tests

  • Physical Restrictions of Volumetric Absorbers and Flow Phenomena in cellular ceramics

    • Experimental Determination of Nonstable Flow

  • Summary