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Localized solar collectors

United States Patent

October 4, 2016
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A localized heating structure, and method of forming same, for use in solar systems includes a thermally insulating layer having interconnected pores, a density of less than about 3000 kg/m.sup.3, and a hydrophilic surface, and an expanded carbon structure adjacent to the thermally insulating layer. The expanded carbon structure has a porosity of greater than about 80% and a hydrophilic surface.
Ghasemi; Hadi (Houston, TX), Marconnet; Amy Marie (West Lafayette, IN), Chen; Gang (Carlisle, MA), Ni; George Wei (Ann Arbor, MI)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
14/ 479,307
September 6, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract Nos. DE-SC0001299 and DE-FG02-09ER46577 awarded by the Department of Energy and under Contract No. FA9550-11-1-0174 awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The Government has certain rights in the invention.