Recent developments in non-imaging secondary concentrators for linear receiver solar collectors

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    The energetic and economic attractiveness of linear solar concentrators can be significantly improved by the use of properly secondary non-imaging (CPC-type) concentrators. Two specific illustrative cases are analyzed. One is the optical re-design of a commercial two-stage solar concentrator which generates process steam at 150 C. The primary is a linear Fresnel reflector with one-axis horizontal tracking. The receiver is a stationary, non-evacuated, glazed tubular receiver with secondary CPC. We have re-designed the initial, manufacturer-designed secondary so as to noticeably improve collector thermal output. Details of secondary design and system performance are presented. The other is a new concept in secondary CPC-type concentrators# for parabolic trough collectors with tubular receivers and large rim angles (typically 80°-120°). It had been thought that such large-rim-angle concentrators could not benefit from secondary concentrators, since the second-stage concentration boost goes as l/sin(rim angle). However, by introducing multiple asymmetric CPC-type devices, we can increase the geometric concentration of a 90° rim angle parabolic trough by roughly a factor of 3. Furthermore, certain secondary designs can be accommodated within the annulus of currently-manufactured evacuated receiver tubes, and still offer a. flux concentration improvement of about a factor of 2.5. Examples of the new secondary designs, and achievable concentration gains, are presented.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)32-43
    Number of pages12
    JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    StatePublished - 24 Oct 1991
    EventNonimaging Optics: Maximum Efficiency Light Transfer 1991 - San Diego, United States
    Duration: 21 Jul 1991 → …

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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