A number of my colleagues have read the manuscript of this paper and have given valuable comments. In particular, I wish to mention Torbjörn Lindgren, Gunnar Niklasson, Arne Roos, and Ewa Wäckelgård.
Solar Energy Materials†
Article first published online: 6 NOV 2003
Copyright © 2003 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 15, Issue 21, pages 1789–1803, November, 2003
How to Cite
Granqvist, C.G. (2003), Solar Energy Materials. Adv. Mater., 15: 1789–1803. doi: 10.1002/adma.200300378
- Issue published online: 6 NOV 2003
- Article first published online: 6 NOV 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 MAY 2003
- Manuscript Received: 8 JAN 2003
- Glasses, ion-doped;
- Reflection reduction materials;
- Solar cells
Solar energy materials have properties tailored to meet requirements set by the spectral distribution, angle of incidence, and intensity of the electromagnetic radiation prevailing in our natural surroundings. Specifically, the optimization can be performed with regard to solar irradiation, thermal emission, atmospheric absorption, visible light, and photosynthetic efficiency. Materials for thermal and electrical conversion of solar energy in man-made collectors, as well as for energy-efficient passive design in architecture, are typical examples. This paper reviews solar energy materials with emphasis on the thermal applications of a variety of types. Electrical applications are given a more cursory exposition, the reason being that a systems perspective—rather that a materials perspective—is most fruitful in this case.