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Nickel-Infused Nanoporous Alumina as Tunable Solar Absorber

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 July 2020

Xuanjie Wang
Affiliation:
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th St., Troy, NY, 12180, United States
Hengyuan Yang
Affiliation:
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th St., Troy, NY, 12180, United States
Mei-Li Hsieh
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th St., Troy, NY, 12180, United States Department of Photonics, National Chiao-Tung University, Hsinchu City, Taiwan
James A. Bur
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th St., Troy, NY, 12180, United States
Shawn-Yu Lin
Affiliation:
Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th St., Troy, NY, 12180, United States
Shankar Narayanan*
Affiliation:
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th St., Troy, NY, 12180, United States
*
*Corresponding author: narays5@rpi.edu
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Abstract

Solar energy can alleviate our dependence on traditional energy sources like coal and petroleum. In this regard, the design and performance of solar absorbers are crucial for capturing energy from sunlight. Specifically, for applications relying on solar-thermal energy conversion, it is desirable to construct solar absorbers using scalable techniques that also allow a variation in optical properties. In this study, we demonstrate the ability to tune the spectral absorptance of nickel-infused nanoporous alumina using a scalable and inexpensive fabrication procedure. With simple variations in the geometry of the nanostructures, we enable broadband absorption with a net solar absorptance of 0.96 and thermal emittance of 0.98 and spectrally-selective absorption with a net solar absorptance of 0.83 and thermal emittance of 0.22. The simple manufacturing techniques presented in this study to generate nanoengineered surfaces can lead to further advancements in solar absorbers with well-controlled and application-specific optical properties.

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