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Temperature-induced ageing of solar absorbers on plain and anodized aluminium substrates

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-251
Number of pages8
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The temperature-induced ageing mechanisms and long-term stability of solar thermal absorbers having aluminium substrate with and without anodized aluminium oxide layer were investigated. A thin Al layer was used to act as an IR reflector on anodized aluminium oxide layer. The absorbers studied were industrial, sputtered chromium-based absorber coatings. The absorbers were aged by means of prolonged and extended thermal accelerated ageing studies at 248-308 degrees C.

The ageing mechanisms and degradation of the absorbers were analysed by optical measurements (solar absorptance with a UV/Vis/NIR spectrophotometer and thermal emittance by FTIR spectrophotometry), microstructural analysis using transmission electron microscope (TEM) equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS), composition by time-of-flight elastic recoil detection analysis (TOF-ERDA), and crystal structure by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (XRD) before and after the ageing studies. The relation between optical degradation and ageing mechanisms was studied using optical modelling and simulation with CODE Coating Designer. The results clearly demonstrated the effect of substrate material on the long-term stability of the absorber at intermediate temperatures. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


  • Solar thermal, Absorber, Anodized aluminium, Al substrate, IR reflector, Thermal ageing, ENERGY APPLICATIONS, THERMAL COLLECTORS, COMPOSITE COATINGS, SURFACE DURABILITY, CHROMIUM, LIFE

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