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Thermal absorption is the ability of a surface to absorb one type of energy, typically light energy, and transform it into thermal energy.


Solar panels are the ultimate components for turning the energy of light into thermal energy. To assist in this process, the panels are coated with an oxide thin film that is usually applied using sputtering processes. Oerlikon Metco supplies the materials and application technology to apply a thick, high-quality oxide coating to the targets used in the sputtering process.

Learn more about the coatings for thermal absorption