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Applied Optics


  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2013
  • pp: 7389–7398

Optical analysis of a curved-slats fixed-mirror solar concentrator by a forward ray-tracing procedure

Ramon Pujol Nadal and Víctor Martínez Moll  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 30, pp. 7389-7398 (2013)

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Fixed-mirror solar concentrators (FMSCs) use a static reflector and a moving receiver. They are easily installable on building roofs. However, for high-concentration factors, several flat mirrors would be needed. If curved mirrors are used instead, high-concentration levels can be achieved, and such a solar concentrator is called a curved-slats fixed-mirror solar concentrator (CSFMSC), on which little information is available. Herein, a methodology is proposed to characterize the CSFMSC using 3D ray-tracing tools. The CSFMSC shows better optical characteristics than the FMSC, as it needs fewer reflector segments for achieving the same concentration and optical efficiency.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2740) Geometric optics : Geometric optical design
(220.1770) Optical design and fabrication : Concentrators
(350.6050) Other areas of optics : Solar energy

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: July 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 22, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 24, 2013
Published: October 18, 2013

Ramon Pujol Nadal and Víctor Martínez Moll, "Optical analysis of a curved-slats fixed-mirror solar concentrator by a forward ray-tracing procedure," Appl. Opt. 52, 7389-7398 (2013)

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