skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Title: Solar-driven interfacial evaporation

Abstract

As a ubiquitous solar-thermal energy conversion process, solar-driven evaporation has attracted tremendous research attention owing to its high conversion efficiency of solar energy and transformative industrial potential. In recent years, solar-driven interfacial evaporation by localization of solar-thermal energy conversion to the air/liquid interface has been proposed as a promising alternative to conventional bulk heating-based evaporation, potentially reducing thermal losses and improving energy conversion efficiency. In this Review, we discuss the development of the key components for achieving high-performance evaporation, including solar absorbers, evaporation structures, thermal insulators and thermal concentrators, and discuss how they improve the performance of the solar-driven interfacial evaporation system. We describe the possibilities for applying this efficient solar-driven interfacial evaporation process for energy conversion applications. The exciting opportunities and challenges in both fundamental research and practical implementation of the solar-driven interfacial evaporation process are also discussed.

Authors:
; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC); Massachusetts Inst. of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1566616
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0001299
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Nature Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 12; Journal ID: ISSN 2058-7546
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
solar (photovoltaic), solar (thermal), solid state lighting, phonons, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric, defects, mechanical behavior, charge transport, spin dynamics, materials and chemistry by design, optics, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing)

Citation Formats

Tao, Peng, Ni, George, Song, Chengyi, Shang, Wen, Wu, Jianbo, Zhu, Jia, Chen, Gang, and Deng, Tao. Solar-driven interfacial evaporation. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1038/s41560-018-0260-7.
Tao, Peng, Ni, George, Song, Chengyi, Shang, Wen, Wu, Jianbo, Zhu, Jia, Chen, Gang, & Deng, Tao. Solar-driven interfacial evaporation. United States. doi:10.1038/s41560-018-0260-7.
Tao, Peng, Ni, George, Song, Chengyi, Shang, Wen, Wu, Jianbo, Zhu, Jia, Chen, Gang, and Deng, Tao. Mon . "Solar-driven interfacial evaporation". United States. doi:10.1038/s41560-018-0260-7.
@article{osti_1566616,
title = {Solar-driven interfacial evaporation},
author = {Tao, Peng and Ni, George and Song, Chengyi and Shang, Wen and Wu, Jianbo and Zhu, Jia and Chen, Gang and Deng, Tao},
abstractNote = {As a ubiquitous solar-thermal energy conversion process, solar-driven evaporation has attracted tremendous research attention owing to its high conversion efficiency of solar energy and transformative industrial potential. In recent years, solar-driven interfacial evaporation by localization of solar-thermal energy conversion to the air/liquid interface has been proposed as a promising alternative to conventional bulk heating-based evaporation, potentially reducing thermal losses and improving energy conversion efficiency. In this Review, we discuss the development of the key components for achieving high-performance evaporation, including solar absorbers, evaporation structures, thermal insulators and thermal concentrators, and discuss how they improve the performance of the solar-driven interfacial evaporation system. We describe the possibilities for applying this efficient solar-driven interfacial evaporation process for energy conversion applications. The exciting opportunities and challenges in both fundamental research and practical implementation of the solar-driven interfacial evaporation process are also discussed.},
doi = {10.1038/s41560-018-0260-7},
journal = {Nature Energy},
issn = {2058-7546},
number = 12,
volume = 3,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {11}
}

Works referenced in this record:

Advances in solar thermal electricity technology
journal, January 2004


Nanofluid-based direct absorption solar collector
journal, May 2010

  • Otanicar, Todd P.; Phelan, Patrick E.; Prasher, Ravi S.
  • Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol. 2, Issue 3, Article No. 033102
  • DOI: 10.1063/1.3429737