About this Research Topic
The global challenges of decreasing storage of fossil fuels, increasing energy demand and climate change are the driving forces in the search for renewable energy sources. It is of great significance to better utilize the abundance of clean solar energy. The amount of solar energy received by the earth per hour is larger than the current annual global energy consumption. Metamaterials have demonstrated unprecedented optical, thermal, and electric properties, such as perfect absorption, selective thermal radiation, ultrafast thermal and electric transport, etc. Therefore, metamaterials are promising to play an important role in enhancing solar energy harvesting efficiency by promoting light capture, thermal transport, charge separation, etc.
This research topic will center on recent promising approaches, experiments, new concepts and developments in metamaterials for solar energy applications, such as light trapping, solar thermal conversion, solar fuel, solar energy storage, etc. The goal of this research topic is to highlight recent developments in this field, provide a platform for researchers to communicate and share their recent results, and promote the development of this field.
The scope of the Research Topic includes, but is not limited to:
• Solar light trapping
• Solar photovoltaics
• Solar thermophotovoltaics
• Solar thermoelectrics
• Solar thermal conversion
• Solar energy storage
• Solar fuel
• Hybrid solar energy harvesting
Keywords: Metamaterials, Solar photovoltacis, Solar Fuels, Solar Thermal Conversion, Solar Energy Storage
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