About this Research Topic
With increasing apprehensions over global warming and environmental issues, the need to develop renewable energy is becoming more critical to secure our future energy needs. Solar energy is the most abundant source of energy and is easily accessible. However, to make efficient use of solar energy is not an easy task. Nanomaterials have an excellent potential for absorbing, transferring and storing solar energy when they are dispersed in an aqueous medium. The increased surface area to volume ratio of nanoparticles enables them to exhibit extraordinary characteristics. Various applications relevant to heat transfer and energy conversion and storage, have increasingly used nanoparticles due to their ability to absorb, store and carry heat with them.
However, successful deployment of nanomaterials in energy harvesting and storage applications must also consider some of the very fundamental challenges, including but not limited to sedimentation, entrainment, stability, and life of these potential energy materials. Additionally, there are novel applications of newly devolved specialized nanomaterials in solar energy capture, transport and storage. This topic is to circumscribe all challenges, innovative applications and numerical studies in this field to have a safe future in terms of solar energy utilization.
This research topic is intended to explore the innovative use of nanomaterials in solar energy harvesting, conversion, transfer and storage applications. Authors are highly encouraged to submit their original research papers, review papers, case studies, experimental and numerical studies relevant to the topic. Subjects included in this research topic include much more over and above the following:
• Nanomaterials based solar energy applications
• Direct steam generation
• Application of nanomaterials in Solar Photovoltaic thermal (PVT) hybrid system
• Solar desalination based on nanomaterials
• Concentrated solar energy storage using nanomaterials
• Nano-refrigerant based solar refrigeration and air conditioning
• Nanostructured solar energy-based phase change materials
• Energy materials for solar thermal energy storage
Keywords: Solar energy, nanomaterials, solar thermal, direct steam generation, solar desalination, solar PVT, solar energy storage
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