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Solar Reflection Panels

Sandia National Laboratories

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Technology Marketing SummaryThere has long been a need for a low cost, high-performing solar collector that will allow solar thermal power to compete with other power sources.  While advancements have been made, a need for a cost effective and durable solar collector still exists.  Sandia National Laboratories has developed a solar collector that is more efficient, utilizes advanced and low cost manufacturing process, and has good optical properties.DescriptionUnlike other solar collectors that are known to lose solar reflectivity due to issues with their design, the solar collector developed by Sandia is designed to be durable to environmental stresses allowing optical properties to be maintained. Benefits
  • Low cost materials used to construct the solar collector
  • Advanced, low cost manufacturing processes
  • Durable to environmental stresses
  • Optical properties are maintained over many years due to durability
  • Greater Power
  • Greater Efficiency
Applications and Industries
  • Solar Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar Thermal Power
Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Patent 7,077,532
Solar reflection panels
A solar collector comprising a glass mirror, and a composite panel, wherein the back of the mirror is affixed to a front surface of the composite panel. The composite panel comprises a front sheet affixed to a surface of a core material, preferably a core material comprising a honeycomb structure, and a back sheet affixed to an opposite surface of the core material. The invention may further comprise a sealing strip, preferably comprising EPDM, positioned between the glass mirror and the front surface of the composite panel. The invention also is of methods of making such solar collectors.
Sandia National Laboratories 07/18/2006
Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
Patent# 7,077,532Prototype - Sandia estimates this technology at approximately TRL 5. Key elements of this technology have been demonstrated in relevant environments. Available - Various license and partnering options are available. Please contact the Intellectual Property department to discuss. 08/24/201103/12/2013

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