Accelerated aging test modeling applied to solar mirrors

Abstract : The durability of solar mirrors is a critical factor for the deployment of concentrating solar power plants. Accelerated aging test models currently applied in the polymer, electronic, and photovoltaic fields have recently been reviewed, and the issues of their application to solar mirrors have been discussed. This article first reports the results of temperature, humidity, and light irradiance accelerated aging tests performed to assess the dependent parameters of selected models from the literature. These parameters include the apparent activation energy for the Arrhenius temperature law, the Peck and Eyring coefficients for humidity models and the Schwarzschild coefficient for the irradiance law. The experimental values were then assessed for specular reflectance loss of solar mirrors. Finally, using these parameters, acceleration factors were calculated for solar mirrors. An effective temperature considering the Arrhenius degradation law was used rather than the commonly used mean temperature. This question is also addressed for light irradiance by using the dose instead of the mean value.
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Coralie Avenel, Olivier Raccurt, Jean-Luc Gardette, Sandrine Therias. Accelerated aging test modeling applied to solar mirrors. npj Materials Degradation, Nature Research 2019, 3, pp.27. ⟨10.1038/s41529-019-0089-y⟩. ⟨hal-02384416⟩

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