Factors Influencing the Design of Parabolic Trough Collector: A Review

Year : 2024 | Volume :01 | Issue : 02 | Page : 1-8

Navish Kumar

  1. Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mangalam College of Engineering Kerala India


Due to limited resource availability and high conventional energy usage, research into renewable energy has increased during the past few years. Utilizing collecting systems, significant renewable energy can be produced from the available solar radiation. The majority of solar energy harvesting systems use parabolic trough concentrating collectors. The performance of parabolic trough collectors as a whole is examined in this paper. The operating characteristics, such as the type of receiver and collector material, the medium for heat transfer, the type of application, and varied environmental conditions, all affect the performance.

Keywords: Radiation, parabolic trough collector, thermal analysis, efficiency, energy

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Received February 28, 2024
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Published April 18, 2024