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A small-scale concentrating solar thermal system
Author(s): C. Madsen; A. Schulz; W. Wu; A. Sosa; R. Huang; T. Mohamed; R. Atkins; J. Simcik
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Paper Abstract

The initial prototype design and characterization of a small-scale concentrating solar thermal system will be presented. A large Fresnel lens, with an area of 0.77 square meters on a two-axis tracking mount, is used to concentrate the solar energy and focus it to an area of a few square centimeters. The system design and the first prototype testing will be discussed. By leveraging concentration to achieve the maximum solar-to-thermal energy efficiency and low cost, the system is unique compared to currently available residential hot water systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9175, High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Energy Applications IX, 917507 (7 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2062081
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C. Madsen, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
A. Schulz, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
W. Wu, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
A. Sosa, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
R. Huang, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
T. Mohamed, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
R. Atkins, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
J. Simcik, EMMA Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9175:
High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Energy Applications IX
Adam P. Plesniak; Candace Pfefferkorn, Editor(s)

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