Genesis Morocco: SkyFuel Wins 2012 SolarPaces Technology Award

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Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

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SkyFuel Wins 2012 SolarPaces Technology Award

Personal Notes: While it may seem like a small development, American company SkyFuel's development of a reflective and durable coating (ostensibly intended to replace heavier and less durable glass mirror on parabolic troughs) could hold enormous potential for Moroccan and North African solar energy. Indeed, as MASEN and its various backers and partners prepare to start work on the first phase of the Ouarzazate CSP project, questions as to the cost competitiveness, both of the project and the electricity it will produce, have continued to persist. While it may have been a bit too late to become part of the first phase of OZZ (as the Ouarzazate project is affectionately abbreviated) SkyFuel's innovation, and others like it, will undoubtedly contribute to the decrease in price which industry stakeholders have called inevitable, but also necessary to the continued expansion of CSP production in the region.

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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