18 May '11, 3pm

Parabolic trough collectors market: Next generation models crank up the heat

The CSP parabolic trough collector market’s brief history has been characterised by a tug of war between three main collector types. Among the nineteen collectors reviewed in the latest CSP Today report, Torque-Box collector types dominate, followed by Torque-Tube and Space Frame collector types, respectively. Despite many of these models having yet to be demonstrated in the field, technology developers have already moved on to second and third generation models, in a quest to drive up efficiency and scale down cost. Dynamic market The long development cycle associated with parabolic troughs (engineering, testing, validation and field demonstration) makes it crucial for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to maintain momentum on innovation. “Technical innovations contribute to cost abatement by increasing plant efficiency or by reducing capital cost”, says the report’s...

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