21 August 1995 Novel second-stage solar concentrator for parabolic troughs
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Abstract
Conventional parabolic troughs can be combined with second stage concentrators (SSC), to increase temperature and pressure inside the absorber, making possible the direct production of steam, improving substantially the overall system efficiency and leading to a new generation of distributed solar power plants. To attain this objective, research is needed at the optical, thermodynamic, system control, and engineering levels. In what concerns the receiver of such a system, different practical solutions have been proposed recently and in the past for the geometry of the second stage concentrator: CPC type and others. In this work we discuss these solutions and we propose a new one, 100% efficient in energy collection while reaching a total concentration ratio which is almost 65% of the thermodynamic limit. This SSC has an asymmetric elliptical geometry, rendering possible a smooth solution for the reflectors while maintaining a reasonable size for the receiver.
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Manuel Collares-Pereira, Manuel Collares-Pereira, Joao Farinha Mendes, Joao Farinha Mendes, } "Novel second-stage solar concentrator for parabolic troughs", Proc. SPIE 2538, Nonimaging Optics: Maximum Efficiency Light Transfer III, (21 August 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.216974; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.216974
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