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How Does it Work?

The SolarBeam 7M parabolic concentrator continuously tracks the sun throughout the day using a dual axis tracker enabling the system to harvest maximum solar energy from early sunrise to late sunset.

Regardless of the season or latitude, the SolarBeam 7M maintains a 0.1 degree sunlock accuracy.

As the SolarBeam follows the sun, the sun’s solar energy shines onto the collector, which has a highly reflective surface, and reflects the light onto the absorber at a magnification of 1000 X.

 

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How it Works With Direct Heat

In applications that require only direct heat to power a system such as a stirling engine, the SolarBeam focuses all the energy on the receiver head of the sterling engine. With a magnification of 1000 X and temperatures up to 800 Celsius, the heat generated by the sun’s energy, forces a piston to move which in turn spins a turbine that generates electricity.

How it Works With Thermal Fluid Heating

In applications that utilize the high temperature heat such as ORC (Organic Rankine Cycle), a circulating pump circulates the thermal fluid through the absorber and the sun’s concentrated energy heats up the fluid as it passes through.

The hot thermal fluid is circulated via a pump to a primary heat exchanger that transfers the thermal energy produced from the SolarBeam to the various applications. The cooled water is then recirculated back to the absorber where it starts the heating process again.