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Designing a Solar Thermal Cylindrical Parabolic Trough Concentrator by Simulation (2003)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on November 25, 2010

This paper was presented during the International Rio3 Congress, World Climate and Energy Event that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003. It was drafted by two researchers from the Universiti Teknologi Petronas in Malaysia.

The paper explores the possibilities of designing procedures of a solar thermal cylindrical parabolic trough concentrator (CPTC) by simulation.
The results will clearly show that there must be an equilibrium achieved between the increasing thermal losses with the increasing aperture area, and the increasing optical losses with the decreasing aperture area for the optimization of the long-term performance of the cylindrical parabolic trough concentrator.

Author: Various
Date: 2003
Pages: 6
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