Installation

Integrated S20 parabolic through system

CARACTERISTICS

Why a ground-based installation?

Ground surfaces are more suited for our larger S20 parabolic troughs, which generally allow a greater concentration of solar irradiation as well as an overall cost-efficient structure. Large-scale projects will generally benefit from exploiting such ground surfaces.

Advantages

  • Reduced energy supply costs
  • Competitive, cost-efficient structure
  • Easily scalable
  • Turnkey solution minimizes risks
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Highly visible contribution to sustainable development

Supplied components

Our first installation using the S20 parabolic troughs was completed in 2014 at the Cascades industrial complex in Kingsey Falls, Quebec. A typical ground-based solar heating project includes a number of components.­­

Rackam offers customized turnkey solutions to all industrial clients, which include fabrication, engineering and installation. Supplied components include the S10 parabolic troughs, a pumping module, as well as measurement, control and support systems. All system components are pre-assembled and shipped to the client's site, where installation and process integration is supervised by Rackam experts.

OPERATION

How it works

The S10 parabolic mirrors continually track the sun, allowing them to concentrate the sun's irradiation on an evacuated tube in which a caloric fluid circulates. This caloric fluid absorbs the concentrated heat, reaching temperatures up to 250°C. The fluid is pumped and transported through an isolated pipeline, until it reaches a heat exchanger that allows the surplus heat to be transferred to the plant's internal process.

The installation includes a meteorological unit that is capable of detecting unfavorable weather (such as rain, snow, hail, dust storms, and strong winds). This allows the system to flip the rows into a safe stowed position.

The installation effectively works as a "solar boiler" that complements the plant's existing fuel-based heating. For smaller installations, virtually all of the produced solar heat is directly consumed by the client's process as soon as it is made available. Larger installations may rely on a special storage unit in order to store excess energy for use during cloudy days.­­

  • Why a ground-based installation?

    Ground surfaces are more suited for our larger S20 parabolic troughs, which generally allow a greater concentration of solar irradiation as well as an overall cost-efficient structure. Large-scale projects will generally benefit from exploiting such ground surfaces.

    Advantages

    • Reduced energy supply costs
    • Competitive, cost-efficient structure
    • Easily scalable
    • Turnkey solution minimizes risks
    • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
    • Highly visible contribution to sustainable development

    Supplied components

    Our first installation using the S20 parabolic troughs was completed in 2014 at the Cascades industrial complex in Kingsey Falls, Quebec. A typical ground-based solar heating project includes a number of components.­­

    Rackam offers customized turnkey solutions to all industrial clients, which include fabrication, engineering and installation. Supplied components include the S10 parabolic troughs, a pumping module, as well as measurement, control and support systems. All system components are pre-assembled and shipped to the client's site, where installation and process integration is supervised by Rackam experts.

  • How it works

    The S10 parabolic mirrors continually track the sun, allowing them to concentrate the sun's irradiation on an evacuated tube in which a caloric fluid circulates. This caloric fluid absorbs the concentrated heat, reaching temperatures up to 250°C. The fluid is pumped and transported through an isolated pipeline, until it reaches a heat exchanger that allows the surplus heat to be transferred to the plant's internal process.

    The installation includes a meteorological unit that is capable of detecting unfavorable weather (such as rain, snow, hail, dust storms, and strong winds). This allows the system to flip the rows into a safe stowed position.

    The installation effectively works as a "solar boiler" that complements the plant's existing fuel-based heating. For smaller installations, virtually all of the produced solar heat is directly consumed by the client's process as soon as it is made available. Larger installations may rely on a special storage unit in order to store excess energy for use during cloudy days.­­