History, Current State, and Future of Linear Fresnel Concentrating Solar Collectors

Guangdong Zhu, Tim Wendelin, Michael J. Wagner, Chuck Kutscher

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Abstract

In this paper, the technology's technical features and aspects are first described via illustrations of various design concepts; then, the past low- and intermediate-temperature applications of linear Fresnel collectors are reviewed and their state-of-the-art applications in utility-scale electricity generation are presented; finally, the performance, technical challenges, and future outlook of linear Fresnel technology in the context of utility-scale power plants are summarized.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)639-652
Number of pages14
JournalSolar Energy
Volume103
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5500-58209

Keywords

  • Concentrating solar power
  • Linear Fresnel
  • Solar thermal

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