U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Commercial Development of an Advanced Linear-Fresnel-Based CSP Concept
Skyfuel produces lightweight reflector panels at its manufacturing plant in Arvada, Colorado.
SkyFuel, under the CSP R&D FOA, is developing a commercial linear-Fresnel-based advanced CSP system called Linear Power Tower (LPT). The company aims to make significant improvements in the cost and viability of utility-scale dispatchable solar power.
This project encompasses conceptual design, prototyping, evaluation, refinement, and commercial-scale deployment of an innovative CSP system. SkyFuel is developing a detailed conceptual design and analysis of the feasibility of the LPT concept relative to the CSP industry standard parabolic trough technology.
SkyFuel is proposing several modifications to the standard linear Fresnel design, including a membrane reflector design, variable focal length ribs, and a significantly larger receiver diameter. If successful, this project has the potential to make linear Fresnel a viable option for CSP plants.
Publications, Patents, and Awards
- Patent application Serial No 12/687,368, "Apparatus and Method for Building Linear Solar Collectors Directly from Rolls of Reflective Laminate Material," Dr. Randolph C. Brost, January 14, 2010.
Quarterly Progress Reports
Learn about other DOE competitive awards for concentrating solar power research that are in progress.