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Technology Surge Leads to Reinstatement of ASTM Solar Energy Standard

Post Time:Jan 09,2013Classify:Industry NewsView:74

The last ten years have seen a surge in technology for solar and other alternative energy forms. This revival has led to the revision and reinstatement of a previously withdrawn ASTM standard,

“Since 2003, there has been tremendous growth in solar energy systems technology, along with new developments in materials science related to solar energy, windows technology and thermal energy management films,” says Daryl Myers, an ASTM member who is retired after 37 years with the Electricity, Resources and Building Systems Integration Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. “This is especially so for the glass industry. The increasing interest in this technology has been accompanied by a need to measure and report the optical properties of materials as weighted by various example or reference solar spectral distributions.”

According to Myers, different materials such as formulations of window glass or solar panel cover materials, heat management films and optical components in solar energy systems perform differently as the solar spectrum changes. ASTM E903 is used to provide objective assessment of the properties of materials under various realistic solar spectral variations.

The standard establishes uniform criteria for measurement procedures, equipment and reporting of results with respect to modern measurement equipment. ASTM E903 will be used by manufacturers of glass, coatings, films and optical components of solar energy systems elements to assess the reliability, durability and performance of these components in order to optimize the entire materials system performance.

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