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United States Patent Application

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The present disclosure generally relates to durable solar mirror films, methods of making durable solar mirror films, and constructions including durable solar mirror films. Some embodiments of the present disclosure relate to methods of making solar mirror films that do not include a reflective layer material across the entire weatherable layer. Some embodiments relate to a method of making a solar mirror film involving providing a weatherable layer having a first major surface and a second major surface; depositing a reflective material on the first major surface of the weatherable layer; and removing a portion of the reflective material (e.g., ultrasonically, mechanically, or thermally).
Molnar, Attila (Vadnais Heights, MN), Henderson, Andrew J. (Eagan, MN), Eaton, Joseph H. (Eagan, MN), Gielissen, Ralph (Dusseldorf, DE), Chen, Daniel T. (Saint Paul, MN), O'Neill, Mark B. (Stillwater, MN)
14/ 398,483
April 22, 2013
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0001] The Government of the United States of America has rights in at least some of the inventions described in this patent application pursuant to DE-AC36-08GO28308 (CRADA No. 08-316) awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.