Flabeg develops the new ultimate trough with up to 25 percent cost savings for CSP plants

Flabeg and schlaich bergermann und partner, both specialized in the CSP business, will be working together to make CSP technology more competitive. Since January 2010 a high level engineering team comprised of both companies is developing a brand new collector ? the Ultimate Trough.

This innovative collector design has been further supported by DLR (German Aerospace Center) and the FhG IML (Fraunhofer Society, Institute for material flow and logistics), and will be about 25 percent more cost effective compared to the current standard parabolic trough, the Eurotrough, by lowering specific cost (?/m²) and improving performance.

The Ultimate Trough will be optimized for large solar fields in the range of 500,000 to 2,500,000m² aperture area. A larger diameter of the heat collection elements, supported by improved selective coatings with lower emissivity, allows a solar field design with lower specific parasitic consumption and less piping in the solar field. Also the number of drives, sensors and controls is reduced by more than 50 percent. In addition the number of units to be assembled, checked, mounted, aligned and commissioned will be reduced by larger solar collector elements. The highly efficient solar mirrors with a new dimension of 4m² will guarantee a superior and unprecedented performance.

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Posted by Gloria Llopis | 2011-10-21