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Self-cleaning surfaces for solar energy applications

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dc.contributor.advisor Orlov, Alexander en_US
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Yibo en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of Materials Science and Engineering en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:49:54Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:49:54Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/76273 en_US
dc.description 57 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract Dust and organic contaminants accumulated on the solar panel can block solar irradiation. Consequently, the solar panel output efficiency is reduced dramatically. The purpose of this thesis is to study an efficient method to remove the organic contamination and dust deposition on the solar panel using a self-cleaning surface. It was discovered that organic contamination on the self-cleaning glass was decreased by 95% in 5 minutes by exposure to 5000w/m2 of UV. To study the dust deposition process, a dust storm simulation box was made. It was found that dust deposition was a function of solar panel inclination angle, with larger inclination angles reducing dust deposition. However, the self-cleaning glass did not have detectable effect on dust deposition. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Materials Science en_US
dc.subject.other dust simulation, self-cleaning, solar panel, surface en_US
dc.title Self-cleaning surfaces for solar energy applications en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Orlov, Alexander en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Kim, Tae Jin en_US

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