High-flux solar concentration with imaging designs Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract Most large solar concentrators designed for high flux concentration at high collection efficiency are based on imaging primary mirrors and nonimaging secondary concentrators. In this paper, we offer an alternative purely imaging two-stage solar concentrator that can attain high flux concentration at high collection efficiency. Possible practical virtues include: (1) an inherent large gap between absorber and secondary mirror; (2) a restricted angular range on the absorber; and (3) an upward-facing receiver where collected energy can be extracted via the (shaded) apex of the parabola. We use efficiency–concentration plots to characterize the solar concentrators considered, and to evaluate the potential improvements with secondary concentrators.

publication date

  • January 1, 1999