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Parabolic Solar Collectors

Members of Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), collaborating with various partners, are creating prototype mirror dishes for use in a solar concentrator systems. This concentrating system would be used to heat fluid to power low temperature Stirling electric generators. The ultimate goal of these efforts would be to produce low-cost dish collectors for concentrated solar farming. Presently, the dishes that act as solar collectors for the purpose of concentrating direct sunlight on power conversion units are composed of expensive metal and glass. Decreasing the cost of materials used in constructing solar collectors would contribute to lowering the levelized cost of energy production in these types of system.

Faculty and researchers involved with this project include Wake Forest Professor Dr. Richard Williams in collaboration with a group from The Triad Interuniversity Planning Project.