Investigation of Temperature Distribution on a New Linear Fresnel Receiver Assembly Under High Solar Flux

Guangdong Zhu, Janna Martinek, Greg Mungas, Nick Kramer, Robert Braun, Abhishek Parikh

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A linear Fresnel collector design with an operation temperature of 300°C or above typically requires a solar flux concentration ratio of at least 20 on the surfaces of the receiver assembly. For the commercial linear Fresnel collector design in this work, the receiver assembly includes a secondary reflector and an evacuated receiver tube. The high-concentration solar flux may impose additional operating-temperature requirements on the secondary reflector and receiver tube. Thus, a careful heat-transfer analysis is necessary to understand the operating temperature of the receiver assembly component surfaces under design and off-design conditions to guide appropriate material selections. In this work, a numerical heat-transfer analysis is performed to calculate the temperature distribution of the surfaces of the secondary reflector and receiver glass envelope for a commercial collector design. Operating conditions examined in the heat-transfer analysis include various wind speeds and solar concentration ratios. The results indicate a surface temperature higher than 100°C on the secondary reflector surface, which suggests that a more advanced secondary reflector material is needed. The established heat-transfer model can be used for optimization of the other types of linear Fresnel collectors.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)4051-4061
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Energy Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2019

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© 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5500-70084


  • concentrating solar power
  • linear Fresnel
  • operating temperature
  • secondary reflector
  • solar flux


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