Asymmetric CPC solar collectors with tubular receiver: Geometric characteristics and optimal configurations

M. E. Blanco, E. Gomez-Leal, J. M. Gordon

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Abstract

We derive analytic expressions for the geometric characteristics of extremely asymmetric nonimaging solar concentrators ("asymmetric CPCs") with tubular receivers, of fixed maximum concentration ratio Cmax. We show that, at fixed Cmax, there are nonideal concentrator configurations that minimize reflector area and average number of reflections, and determine configurations that are approximately optimal (maximizing yearly energy delivery at minimal material requirements), independent of climate and economics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalSolar Energy
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1986

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