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Compound Parabolic Concentrator

Compound Parabolic Concentrator

In recent years due to the rising prices of energy, the dependence on solar solutions has drastically increased. There are several benefits you can avail of by harnessing free sources of energy in the form of solar energy. Being clean, green, and cheap makes it highly popular. The PV modules obtain energy from the sun and generate electricity. The solar thermal collectors accumulate solar energy in the form of heat.

Overview Of Compound Parabolic Collector And Industries We Serve

The compound parabolic concentrator is a kind of solar thermal collector like a Parabolic trough. CPC is a four-wing concentrator (CPC) designed as an improvement of the regular non-imaging optics, reflective and optical concentrator. Electroformed reflectors or compound parabolic concentrators are used to efficiently collect and focus light from a distant source.

This reflection from the reflector is not focused at a point or line, instead of on the absorber apparent which means it does not create an impression of the light source. It is widely used as a solar collector. This modified design elevates the angle of acceptance and concentration of energy from the sun.

CPC structure centralizing the solar radiation on a single line focus where the receiver tube is placed. To further improve the performance, an evacuated tube can be placed which hooks up the heat. The compound parabolic concentrator (CPC) is a highly fascinating solar collector technology that is demanded by various low-concentration applications because it does not require any tracking device.

CPC is capable of obtaining fluid up to 90°C. The benefit of the CPC concentrator is its unique shape which consists of 2 parabola profiles, which act as reflectors, and ultimately aid in captivating maximum rays. They can be mounted on slanting roofs, terraces, or the ground. Moreover, if they are created with the purpose to track, it increases the efficiency by 30-40%. The concentration ratio fluctuates between 2 to 5 relying on the ratio of the aperture to the absorber.

Hence, the solar thermal system can be used as an addition to typical energy sources For this purpose they can be required in various industries for indirect heating i.e. the solar thermal system heats a transfer fluid (HTF) which provides heat to industrial processes. Chemical Industry, Electroplating Industry, Metal Industry, Beverage Industry, Food Industry, DDan by Industry, Textile Industry, Paper and Pulp Industry, Leather Industry are some of the industries in which CPC plays a significant role.

Chemical Industry:

Distillation, evaporation, endothermic reaction, drying, cooling, and refrigeration all required solar stream or solar hot air in any way which makes use of CPC great.

Metal Industry:

For drying and moisture evaporation we can turn to the solar thermal solution which can provide air at 80°. Again it makes huge use of compound parabolic concentrators as it is commonly used as a solar thermal collector. Moreover, for sanitary services and furnace oil heating, solar thermal options can be preferred.

Textile Industry:

There are various processes carried in the textile industry that make use of hot water. The heat required for these processes can be obtained by solar energy which again makes use of solar concentrating collectors such as CPC. Like dying and weaving, many processes require solar energy.

So, if you're looking for harvesting-free energy generating sources, you can rely on solar energy. For compound parabolic manufacturers that produce high-quality concentrators at economical friendly prices contact Apollo Optical Systems. Reach us and become one of our satisfied customers at


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