17 November 1978 Linear Echelon Refractor/Reflector Solar Concentrators
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This paper describes some new configurations for linear incremental or Fresnel refractors and reflectors for solar energy concentration. The first system, a reflex type lens, uses crossed linear echelon elements and has convergence power in two dimensions. This refractor/reflector concentrates solar radiation to a spot focus. Large area solar concentrators can be sectionally constructed to provide high power solar flux concentration. The second type of echelon reflector forms a linear focus of incident solar radiation. The reflector is selectively tilted with respect to incoming solar radiation, such that the design eliminates all riser step blockage of radiation at the reflecting echelons. This results in a higher efficiency concentrator than is achievable with a normally oriented linear focus concentrator. Design parameters and a ray trace analysis are presented for both concentrator systems.
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Dennis F. Vanderwerf, Dennis F. Vanderwerf, Raymond H. Anderson, Raymond H. Anderson, Roger H. Appeldorn, Roger H. Appeldorn, } "Linear Echelon Refractor/Reflector Solar Concentrators", Proc. SPIE 0161, Optics Applied to Solar Energy IV, (17 November 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956868; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.956868
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