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 4 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 thin glass 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)

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.