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Optimerad design och tillverkningsmetod av koncentrerande solfångare
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 300 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The sun is our most important source of energy for us to be able to cope with the evermore pressuring climate threats. This has always been very clear for Absolicon Solar Collector AB in Härnösand, developers of concentrating solar collectors. The company has so far produced solar collectors which can produce both thermal and electrical power for mid-sized installations such as hotels and hospital. Now however, they are changing direction. Absolicon wants to address the many bigger industries with a demand for steam, in countries rich with solar radiation. Absolicon also wants to develop a production line for production of their solar collector, for deployment in the countries where the demand is the biggest.


In a project partially financed by the Swedish energy department, a demonstrational production line will be built in Härnösand. The production line will be used to build a demonstrational field at HEMAB (Härnösands Energi och Miljö AB) with a new generation of solar collectors, optimized for steam production. The solar collectors built today has a problem with the reflector not getting an optimized shape throughout the whole collector. This has to be rectified since the demand on the shape of the reflector is higher on the new generation of solar collectors. This Is due to the use of a smaller receiver. Furthermore a mounting carriage using a new production method is to be developed for the production line. The mounting carriage should, by using vacuum, form and fixate the reflector of the collector while it also optimizes its shape.


Tests was performed to examine how to optimize the shape of the reflector. A test rig was used to examine how a thin sheet of metal can be formed and fixated using vacuum while developing an optimized production method. A prototype carriage for production of 2 m long collectors using the new method was designed and constructed for evaluation.


The results of the evaluation showed that the developed method is working well and that a receiver diameter of 19 mm can be used. The method is based on letting the edges of the reflector sheet hang free, which eliminates unwanted tensions in the reflector.


The prototype which was built is ready for upscaling to a 6 m mounting carriage which will be able to produce the new generation of solar collectors for the demonstration field. A mounting process for production of solar collectors in a production line has been proposed which can shorten the mounting time and work load to less than 45 minutes and 1-2 persons per collector.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 51 p.
Keyword [sv]
solenergi, sol, koncentrerande, solfångare
National Category
Energy Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125906OAI: diva2:972654
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Absolicon Solar Collector AB
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Master of Science Programme in Energy Engineering
Available from: 2016-09-22 Created: 2016-09-21 Last updated: 2016-09-22Bibliographically approved

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