Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

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Adam Law

PhD Research Student
MEng

Tel: +44 (0)1509 635342

Location: MBG.0.L01, Garendon Wing

Completed an MEng in Materials Engineering at Loughborough, 2013-2018. Completed a placement year at Nylacast Ltd in Leicester, working on mechanical and thermal testing of polymers, leading to award of DIS. Also completed 3rd year project with Nylacast, investigating creep properties of cast PA6. Final year MEng group project involved developing a test rig for steam turbine cooling spray nozzles, in partnership with Uniper.

Outline of main research interests:

Anti-soiling Coatings for Solar Modules

Project abstract:

Soiling of the cover glass on solar modules is a serious problem. Global reports show that soiling can reduce power output by up to 20% per month. This has a direct impact on the financial viability of solar installations. A highly repellent super-hydrophobic coating has the potential to reduce soiling and make the modules easier to clean. We are working with manufacturers and other research organisations to develop a super-hydrophobic coating targeted at the special requirements of the solar cover glass application. The goal of the project is to assess the performance and durability of these coatings on photovoltaic panels. Key performance measures include optical transmission, water contact angle and water roll-off angle. Accelerated lifetime testing will be carried out to determine optical, chemical, temperature, humidity and erosion related degradation. This strategy will provide direct correlation between Lab-based accelerated testing in Loughborough and real outdoor monitoring in Colorado, USA. This project will lay the foundation for new International testing protocols and standards.