Abengoa Solar is a subsidiary of Abengoa. Its primary activities include designing, promotion, financing attainment, construction and operation of solar power stations that use photovoltaics, concentrated photovoltaics, or concentrated solar thermal technologies. Wikipedia.
Abengoa Solar | Date: 2013-09-03
Abengoa Solar | Date: 2013-12-19
The invention relates to a sol-gel method for producing an anti-reflective coating from alcoxide-type precursors, that can subsequently be applied to glass or plastic substrates by spraying. The invention also relates to optical and thermoelectrical devices that have been coated with said anti-reflective material. This coating increases the transmittance of the transparent substrates over which it is applied, as a result of which it is useful to apply over high concentration solar modules (HCPV), for both primary lenses and secondary lenses, in conventional silicon or in CSP tubes.
Abengoa Solar | Date: 2013-12-20
One disclosed embodiment is a concentrated solar thermal system for re-melting recycled or scrap metal. The system includes a solar receiver configured to receive concentrated solar flux reflected from one or many reflecting surfaces to heat a quantity of the recycled metal and cause at least a portion of the recycled metal to melt. The molten metal is then passed to a solidification stage where the molten metal may be cast into any type of solid form useful for sale or the subsequent production of metal products. The solidified metal may be sold or otherwise removed from the system. In certain embodiments, heat exchange is made to occur between the molten metal and the working fluid of an electrical power generation cycle resulting in electrical power generation. Methods of remelting metal using solar thermal power and methods of generating power using a molten metal heat transfer material derived from recycled metal or scrap are also disclosed.
Abengoa Solar | Date: 2013-10-10
A CSP system is disclosed which couples a thermal and a chemical energy pathway. The thermal pathway utilizes a heat transfer fluid to collect concentrated sunlight as thermal energy at medium temperature and transfer this energy to a thermal-to-electric power cycle. In parallel, the chemical pathway uses a redox material which undergoes direct photoreduction in the receiver to store the solar energy as chemical potential. This redox material is then oxidized at very high temperatures in the power cycle in series with the thermal pathway heat exchanger. This coupling allows the receiver to perform at the high efficiencies typical of state of the art thermal power towers while simultaneously achieving the power cycle efficiencies typical of natural gas combustion plants and achieving a very high overall solar-to-electric conversion efficiency.
Abengoa Solar | Date: 2014-02-13
Disclosed embodiments include solar power receiver tubes for a concentrated solar power receiver having a tube wall that is optically transparent to solar energy. Concentrated solar power systems and methods featuring the use of optically transparent receiver tubes are also disclosed. The optically transparent receiver tube may include a transparent tube wall fabricated from at least one of the following materials; single crystal alumina (synthetic sapphire), aluminum oxynitride, spinel, quartz or magnesium aluminum oxide.