A solar concentrator with two reflection mirrors designed by using a ray tracing method

Chi Feng Chen, Chih Hao Lin, Huang Tzung Jan

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Abstract

Solar concentrators with two reflection mirrors are numerically designed by using a ray-tracing method to obtain higher concentration ratio when the concentrator tracing error is existed. The primary reflection mirror adopts paraboloidal mirror; the secondary mirror adopts hyperboloidal or ellipsoidal mirror. The optimal designed shape parameters for hyperboloidal and ellipsoidal cases are obtained, respectively. It is found that, when the concentrator tracing errors are 0°, 0.5° and 1°, the concentration ratios for hyperboloidal case are about 5837, 1954 and 1127 at f-number1=0.22 and NA2=0.62 and the one for ellipsoidal case are about 5860, 1993 and 1193 at f-number1=0.25 and NA2=0.62, respectively. Obviously, the concentrator with the ellipsoidal mirror is slightly better than the one with the hyperboloidal mirror.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1042-1051
Number of pages10
JournalOptik
Volume121
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Concentration
  • Concentrator tracing error
  • Solar concentrator
  • Solar energy
  • Two stage concentrator

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