Technology

SOLABOLIC® achieves a parabolic shape by evenly distributing forces on a series of chains, and does so without any complex high-tech machining, mounting, or assembly processes.

 

Over 100 years ago, suspension bridges vastly increased the span and reduced the material consumption and manufacturing costs for bridge technology. The SOLABOLIC®patented parabolic trough can do the same for the concentrated solar power (CSP) industry.


Solabolic® parabolic trough RD01

Benefits:

  • 10% higher efficiency than conventional technologies
  • 35% reduction of Levelized Cost of Heat (LCOH)
  • 15% reduction of Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE)
  • >90% can be locally manufactured worldwide
  • >30% PV energy production increase with no extra tracking costs


SOLABOLIC® reduces costs in 5 ways:

1.    40% fewer components: Its unique design can handle higher wind loads than all other parabolic trough technologies. Thus,
 SOLABOLIC® realizes apertures larger than its competitors, and can further reduce costs by reducing component count per unit energy.

  • Fewer heat collector elements (HCE)
  • Fewer drives and swivel joints
  • Fewer sensors and controls

2.    Flexible mirrors: Reflective aluminum sheets or flexible glass strips replace expensive parabolic preformed glass mirrors achieving:

  • Reduced cost
  • Reduced weight
  • Increased local content (can be produced worldwide)

3.    Simpler assembly:

  • Replace the construction hall with a temporary assembly area
  • Reduced training requirements

4.    Increased local content: By avoiding complex and high-tech machining, mounting, or assembly processes, SOLABOLIC® maximizes the utilization of local resources and manpower (local content), especially for the emerging markets and developing economies, providing the following benefits:

  • Lower labor costs
  • Lower shipping costs
  • Lower import costs (taxes and duties)
  • Increased political support (i.e. job creation)

5.    Enables to track PV modules with the same equipment of the parabolic trough. This increases the efficiency of applications that combine thermal energy with electrical energy (For example, in case of electricity production: Hybridize with PV, with PV providing cheap power during daylight hours, and CSP being used to provide the energy for cheap storage to be released and delivered as electricity in the evening and nights).


SOLABOLIC® patented technology is available for licensing.