June 7, 2020


Connecting People

Graphene Solar Thermal Film Could Be a New Way to Harvest Renewable Energy

Researchers at the Centre for Translational Atomaterials (CTAM) at Swinburne College of Engineering in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a new graphene-centered film that can take up daylight with an efficiency of around 90 %, even though concurrently doing away with most IR thermal emission loss—the 1st time such a feat has been reported.

The outcome is an productive photo voltaic heating metamaterial that can heat up quickly to 83 levels C (181 levels F) in an open environment with nominal heat decline. Proposed purposes for the film contain thermal power harvesting and storage, thermoelectricity technology, and seawater desalination.