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Appl Opt. 1996 May 1;35(13):2242-5. doi: 10.1364/AO.35.002242.

Nonimaging secondary concentrators for large rim angle parabolic troughs with tubular absorbers.


For parabolic trough solar collectors with tubular absorbers, we design new tailored secondary concentrators. The design is applicable for any rim angle of a parabolic reflector. With the secondary, the concentration can be increased by a factor of more than 2 with a compact secondary reflector consisting of a single piece, even for the important case of a rim angle of 90 deg. The parabolic reflector can be used without changes; the reduced absorber is still tubular but smaller than the original absorber and slightly displaced toward the primary.


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