Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR)

06 - 09 November 2017
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado United States

The OSA Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR) conference brings together top international researchers and experts in the area of optical research and technology related to solar energy conversion via solar-thermal and concentrator photovoltaic systems. The SOLAR conference provides an ideal platform to disseminate advancements related to these research areas. In addition, it is also an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss pertinent topics with international experts.

Solar-thermal energy and concentrator photovoltaic systems employ a range of optical elements for collecting, guiding, concentrating, coupling, trapping, transforming and absorbing sunlight. Optical components typically constitute the largest cost component of solar systems. Consequently, a large body of research is devoted to improving all optical aspects of solar systems, to enhance the performance, reduce the costs, and maximize the reliability.

Besides the broad areas of energy conversion via solar-thermal and concentrator photovoltaic systems, contributions from new emerging solar energy-related research areas are encouraged.

Strong synergies exist between the SOLAR conference and other tracks at the OSA Light, Energy and the Environment congress. It is one objective of this conference to bring together solar energy researchers with the broader global optical research community, for example in the areas of atmospheric research and measurement, laser-based diagnostics of reactive flows and other areas, to identify and promote such synergies.

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Roman Bader

Australian Solar Thermal Association

Olindo Isabella

Technische Universiteit Delft

Jeremy Munday

University of Maryland at College Park

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Abstract and Summary Submission 5 July 2017 12:00 EDT
Abstract and Summary Submission 5 July 2017
Schedule at a glance
Peter Bermel, Purdue University, United States, Optical Modeling and Characterization of Radiative Cooling for Solar Energy Applications , Invited

Drew DeJarnette, United States Department of Energy, United States, The SunShot Initiative: Concentrating Solar Power, Invited

Hanwei Gao, FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY, Enhanced light emission in composite halide perovskites , Invited

Noel Giebink, Pennsylvania State University, United States, The nature of catastrophic OLED lighting panel failure , Invited

Marc Korevaar, Kipp & Zonen B.V., Netherlands, Measuring the Sun: the Components of Solar Radiation, Traceability, and PV Panel Soiling , Invited

Greg Mungas, Hyperlight Energy, United States, Development Overview of a Commercial, Low Cost Linear Fresnel Reflector System Using Waterborne Reflectors , Invited

Gregory Rieker, University of Colorado Boulder, United States, Prospects for Laser-Based Sensing in Solar Reactors, Invited

R. Santbergen, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands, Mirror Designs for Low-concentation PV Systems with High Efficiency c-Si Solar Cells , Invited

Nathan Siegel, Bucknell University, United States, The Design and Experimental Characterization of High Flux Solar Simulators using Metal Halide Arc Lamps, Invited

Ellen Stechel, Arizona State University, United States, Solar Thermochemistry for Solar Fuels and Thermal Storage: Special Considerations for the Solar Concentrators, Invited

Roland Winston, University of California Merced, United States, A Thermodynamic Approach to Solar Concentration, A New Paradigm, Invited

Xiaobo Yin, University of Colorado Boulder, United States, Scalably Manufactured Metafilms for Effective Day-time Radiative Cooling, Invited

Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States, Light Management in Resonant Structures, Invited

Clifford Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, Overview of Central Receiver Systems for Concentrating Solar Power: Optical Advancements and Needs, Keynote

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