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A Nonimaging Receiver for Parabolic Trough Concentrating Collectors

[+] Author Affiliations
Randy Gee, Gilbert Cohen

Duke Solar Energy LLC, Raleigh, NC

Roland Winston

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Paper No. SED2002-1062, pp. 269-276; 8 pages
  • ASME Solar 2002: International Solar Energy Conference
  • Solar Energy
  • Reno, Nevada, USA, June 15–20, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-1689-3
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The design of a nonimaging secondary reflector as part of a parabolic trough receiver has been developed and evaluated. A detailed optical model was used for evaluation, which offered insight into the optical performance of the secondary and showed that the design offers about a 1% net increase in optical efficiency. In addition, the secondary was estimated to reduce heat loss from a high-performance evacuated receiver by about 4%. Overall, the net performance advantage of the secondary reflector is calculated to be 1.4%, that is, the entire trough collector field would have a 1.4% greater annual thermal energy output. This performance increase is small, but the non-imaging secondary also achieves other indirect benefits such as better flux uniformity around the absorber tube, and increased tolerance of parabolic trough collectors to optical errors.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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