Novel Methods to Harness Solar Radiation for Advanced Energy Applications

Yin Gao 1

Ziman Wang 1, 2

Ding Ding 3

Wenjia Li 4

Yaoguang Ma 5, Email

Yong Hao 1, 2, Email

Hang Zhang 1, 2, Email

1 Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
2 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China
3 Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR Research Entities 138632, Singapore
4 Key Laboratory of Efficient Utilization of Low and Medium Grade Energy, MOE, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300350, China
5 State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation, College of Optical Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310013, China

Abstract

With the demand for renewable energy, solar energy is widely used to generate and convert into heat. It is important to look beyond solar thermal for revolutionary technology to increase the coefficient of utilization of solar energy. In this editorial, a review on the promising novel technologies and applications for solar energy utilization is presented. In particular, we examine novel technologies for solar radiation controlling and harnessing solar energy for energy-efficient space heating and cooling through spectral selectivity and heat pump systems. These novel technologies in solar energy systems can provide significant benefits and can be developed for a wide range of applications.

Novel Methods to Harness Solar Radiation for Advanced Energy Applications