STS Parabolic Mirror Panels
The panels collect sunlight.
- The panels are mounted in such a way to maximize the amount of sunlight they are exposed to throughout the day and
- Roof panels can be mounted for either optimum solar power, optimum architectural appearance, or some acceptable
- Ground mounted panels will invariably be setup for maximum solar yield. Second axis tracking can increase
- The essential features of the panels consist of a parabolic reflector, and a collector tube. This is referred to
as a trough.
- A number of troughs are attached together to form a panel. The panel has two fittings: cold fluid in, and
hot gas out.
- A number of panels cover the roof or ground. We always leave a border around the edges, and walkways between the
panels, to preserve roof access.
- The panels concentrate the suns rays 20x onto the collector tubes, raising their temperature.
- The panels absorb the suns rays changing the cold fluid to hot gas.
- Materials: Aluminum Reflector, Steel Pipe, Plastic Sheet, Steel Wire, Silicone Rubber Grommets,
- Dimensions: 22ft x 8ft x 9in
- Weight: ~ 170 lb
- Cost: $2.00 / Watt -- inclusive in system price.
On the left is a view of the clockwork that rotates the troughs providing the single
On the right is a view of a single 20 x 8 foot panel in a unit of structural