Highly effective photon-to-cooling thermal device

Yanpei Tian, Lijuan Qian, Xiaojie Liu, Alok Ghanekar, Gang Xiao, Yi Zheng

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Photon-to-cooling phenomenon relies on the atmospheric transparency window to dissipate heat from the earth into outer space, which is an energy-saving cooling technique. This work demonstrates a highly effective aluminized Polymethylpentene (PMP) thin-film thermal structure. The emissivity of aluminized PMP thin films matches well to the atmospheric transparency window so as to minimize parasitic heat losses. This photon-to-cooling structure yields a temperature drop of 8.5 K in comparison to the ambient temperature and a corresponding radiative cooling power of 193 W/m2 during a one-day cycle. The easy-to-manufacture feature of an aluminized PMP thin film makes it a practically scalable radiative cooling method.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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