• Ultimate Trough Testloop
    © Timo Richert

Ultimate Trough Testloop

Harper Lake, California, USA, 2012

A complete loop, consisting of two solar collector assemblies (SCAs) of 240 m length each, has been integrated in a plant in California. One collector assembly consists of 10 solar collector elements (SCEs). The aim of the project is to achieve a reliable basis of the fabrication and erection concepts and their respective costs. In addition the collector efficiency will be measured under working conditions to provide certainty for the design of upcoming solar thermal power plants.

  • Location

    Harper Lake, California, USA

  • Cooperation

    Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), Aeronautics and space research centre of Germany (DLR)

  • Awards

    SolarPACES 2013 Technology Innovation Award; Ulrich Finsterwalder Ingenieurbaupreis 2015, Auszeichnung

  • Client

    Flabeg Holding GmbH, sbp sonne gmbh

  • Our Scope of Work

    design: optics, techno-economic optimizations, structure, drive technology; detailed engineering, tender documents, fabrication and site supervision

  • Aperture width 7.5 m
  • SCEs per SCA 10
  • Aperture area 3,600 m²
  • SCE length 24 m
  • Loop length 480 m
  • Global distribution right schlaich bergermann partner
  • Ultimate Trough Testloop © Timo Richert
  • Ultimate Trough Testloop © Timo Richert

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