Congratulations to Lin Zhao and his collaborators for their recent work on solar receivers using optically transparent and thermally insulative silica areogels. In their work, they demonstrated heating of a blackbody absorber up to 265 °C under unconcentrated sunlight using their optimized aerogels. This study will promote cost-effective solar-thermal energy at intermediate temperatures.
Transparent silica aerogel enables heating beyong 200 °C with unconcentrated sunlight
Jul 1, 2019