SkyFuel Wins 2012 SolarPaces Technology Award
SOLAR NOVUS TODAY - 19 Sept. 2012
SkyFuel, Inc. was honoured with the 2012 Technology Award at the annual SolarPaces Conference, held on 11-14 September 2012 in Marrakech, Morocco. The award was won for the development of ReflecTechPlus—a high-reflectance, durable, silvered polymer film designed to reduce the lifecycle cost of parabolic-trough solar fields. ReflecTechPlus has proven to be durable outdoors for more than 30 years and incorporates an abrasion-resistant coating. The film was developed by ReflecTech, Inc. in collaboration with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
The advantages of ReflecTechPlus for the concentrating solar power (CSP) industry are most clearly demonstrated in their application in SkyFuel's parabolic-trough concentrator. The SkyTrough was designed from the ground up to capitalize on the features of ReflecTechPlus. In contrast to glass-based mirrors, which rely on four or more individually mounted facets to fill the collector's aperture, the SkyTrough's ReflecTech-based reflectors are monolithic, flexible and lightweight and slide quickly into focus on precise parabolic guide rails attached to an aluminium space frame. These differences make the concentrator optically efficient and robust and they make it less expensive to manufacture, ship and install. ReflecTechPlus contains no lead and has cradle-to-grave embodied energy that is four times lower than curved-glass mirrors.
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