Solar Cell Cover Glasses
The use of photovoltaic solar cells is central to spacecraft function. However, radiation in space gradually degrades those cells, reducing their efficiency. SCHOTT® Solar Glass 0787 and SCHOTT® Solar Glass sphere are the ideal cover glasses for photovoltaic cells, minimizing damage while maintaining high light transmission in the visible and near-infrared ranges. Anti-reflective coatings applied to the glass increase transmission levels further.LEARN MORE
Optical solar reflectors
Thermal management in spacecraft is vital, with the temperature needing to be carefully regulated and heat exchange maintained. For effective heat exchange, a spacecraft requires efficient thermo-optical surfaces. When applied with a reflective coating, SCHOTT® Solar Glass 0787 is a highly effective thermo-optical surface, protecting against harmful solar radiation while facilitating heat exchange thanks to high emittance in the infrared range.
Phasing out fossil fuels creates opportunities for new solar cell applications. For example, the transition of vehicle power from internal combustion engines to electric powertrains creates a demand for photovoltaic cells able to produce electricity right where it’s required. When attached to the surface of a vehicle, these cells require a lightweight cover that is strong, flexible, and highly transparent over the lifetime of the vehicle.