New solar thermal collector developed and under testing

Researchers from the Building Engineering and Energy Management group of the Balearic Islands University and the TSC company, a UIB spin-off, have developed a prototype of a solar thermal collector.

The CCStaR is a collector with a stationary reflector formed by a system of curved mirrors and a sunray receptor consisting of a vacuum tube system that rotates according to the position of the Sun. The essential feature is its high performance and average cost, even at high temperatures (200 ºC). Basically designed to heat a water circuit, opens up possibilities for industrial applications, to produce steam (laundries, for example) and for cooling through absorption chillers (for tourist facilities). In addition, the sensor is easily integrated into the roofs of buildings, given its innovative geometry. Currently there is a second generation prototype installed at the Hotel Son Manera, where its performance is tested. Initial trials show an optical efficiency greater than 70 percent. The next phase of the project is to build a pilot plant in the same hotel and the search of technological partners for manufacturing and marketing.

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