Technology

SOLABOLIC achieves a parabolic shape by evenly distributing forces on a series of cables, 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 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.    20 - 30% less material: The patented mirror and back structure technology utilize less material than traditional parabolic troughs for all aperture sizes

3.    Flexible mirrors*: Reflective aluminum sheets or flexible thin glass replace expensive pa
rabolic preformed glass mirrors achieving:

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

4.    Simpler assembly:

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

5.    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)

These cost reductions translated into about 15% of the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE).

SOLABOLIC patented technology is available for licensing.


*SOLABOLIC back structure is also combinable with conventional glass mirrors.