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Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applicationsby Michael K
Synopses & Reviews
Polymers are an outstanding alternative as solar absorber materials to avoid negative mpacts of increasing metal prices and design limitations. This publication is the first of its kind to discuss how the use of polymers makes solar thermal applications more economically attractive.
The book portrays the great benefits of the new type of polymeric materials in solar thermal collectors or other components that are more environmentally friendly, producible and recyclable than the former conventional materials. It also considers the impact and improvements in design, manufacturing and handling.
Bridging the gap between basic science and technological applications, this is the first book devoted to polymers for solar thermal applications.
Clearly divided into three major parts, the contributions are written by experts on solar thermal applications and polymer scientists alike. The first part explains the fundamentals of solar thermal energy especially for representatives of the plastics industry and researchers. part two then goes on to provide introductory information on polymeric materials and processing for solar thermal experts. The third part combines both of these fields, discussing the potential of polymeric materials in solar thermal applications, as demands on durability, design and building integration. With its emphasis on applications, this monograph is relevant for researchers at universities and developers in commercial companies.
About the Author
Dr.-Ing. Michael Köhl, physicist, has been actively involved in the field of solar energy conversion since 1977. He presently works on service-life analysis of solar collectors and photovoltaic modules in the department Weathering and Reliability at Fraunhofer ISE. He was the coordinator
of the EU projects SUNFACE and SOLABS and leader of Subtask 5 of the IP PERFORMANCE. In 2011, he broadened this range with the EU project SCOOP. Dr. Köhl is the current Operating Agent of the Task 39 "Polymeric Materials for Solar Thermal Applications" of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency IE.
Dr. scient. Michaela Meir, physicist, has been working with R&D on solar thermal and energy systems for more than 15 years, with particular focus on the development of solar collectors using polymeric materials. She is presently employed part-time by the University of Oslo and by Aventa AS. She is Chairman of the Norwegian Solar Energy Society board and leader of Subtask A "Information" of IEA SHC Task 39.
Sandrin Saile, M.A. received her M.A. in British and North American Cultural Studies from the University of Freiburg. She joined the Fraunhofer ISE's department "Weathering and Reliability". in 2009 where she is responsible for the management and dissemination of the department's solar thermal activities, in particular the projects SCOOP and SpeedColl. Within IEA SHC Task 39 she is mainly active in Subtask A "Information" and played an active role in establishing the Solar Heating and Cooling Series.
Prof. Dr. mont. Gernot M. Wallner, graduated with a "Diplomingenieur degree in Polymer Engineering and Science at the University of Leoben (Austria) in 1994, and he obtained a PhD degree in the same field at the University of Leoben in 2000. In 2008 Prof. Wallner obtained a Venia Docendi in the field of "Functional Polymeric Materials with special focus on solar energy applications. Since 2010, Prof. Wallner has been Deputy Head at the Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing (IPMT) at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU, Austria). Prof.Wallner is a member and leading person in several solar related working groups and committees. Since the establishment of IEA SHC Task 39 in 2006, he has been leader of the Subtask C "Materials".
Dr.-Ing. Philippe Papillon has been a senior expert in the field of solar thermal energy at INES (Institut National de l'Energie Solaire - CEA) since December 2005.He has been active in the field of thermal solar energy for more than 20 years, and has experience as coordinator as well as WP leader in European projects and also large national research projects. Beyond his research activities within INES, he is also an expert in European and French standardization committees, and is a member of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling board. From 2006?2010 he acted as leader of the IEA SHC Task 39 Subtask B "Collectors".
Table of Contents
THERMAL SOLAR ENERGY FOR POLYMER EXPERTS
Solar Thermal Market
Solar Thermal Systems and Technical Requirements
Conventional Collectors, Heat Stores and Coatings
Standards, Performance Tests of Solar Thermal Systems
"POLYMERS" FOR SOLAR THERMAL EXPERTS
Durability for Solar Thermal Application
Properties (Campus Database) and Materials Selection
POLYMERIC MATERIALS IN SOLAR THERMAL APPLICATIONS
State of the Art : Polymeric Materials in Solar Thermal Applications (Solar Collectors, Heat Storages, Collector Frame, Components, Synthesis)
Specific Materials for Solar Thermal Application
Conceptual Design of Collectors
Novel Collectors and Heat Stores
Durability Tests of Polymeric Components (Glazing, Absorbers, Piping, Liners)
Architecturally Appealing Solar Thermal Systems - a Marketing Tool
Obstacles for the Application of Current Standards
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