An electrically conductive protective coating or film is provided over the surface of a reflective coating of a solar mirror by flowing or directing a cation containing liquid and an anion containing liquid onto the conductive surface. The cation and the anion containing liquids are spaced from, and preferably out of contact with one another on the surface of the reflective coating as an electric current is moved through the anion containing liquid, the conductive surface between the liquids and the cation containing liquid to coat the conductive surface with the electrically conductive coating.
NOTICE OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE FC36-08GO18033 (DOE SOLAR POWER) awarded by the Department of Energy. The United States government may have certain rights in this invention.