The Effect of Concentrator Field Layout on the Performance of Point-Focus Distributed Receiver Systems

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R. L. Pons, A. F. Dugan

Ford Aerospace & Communications Corp., Aeronutronic Division, Newport Beach, Calif., 92663

J. Sol. Energy Eng 106(1), 35-38 (Feb 01, 1984) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267559 History: Received May 01, 1983; Online November 11, 2009


The effect of concentrator field layout on the technical-economic performance of a point-focusing distributed receiver (PFDR) solar thermal power plant is presented. The plant design is based on the small community prototype system currently under development by Ford Aerospace for JPL/DOE; parabolic dish concentrators are employed and small heat engines are used to generate electricity at each dish. The effect of field size, array proportions, dish-to-dish spacing and packing fraction (concentrator-land area ratio) are presented for typical PFDR layouts. Economic analyses are carried out to determine optimum packing fraction as a function of site cost.

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