Southwest Solar Technologies Inc. has launched a development program for a solar thermal technology that will serve industrial needs for process heat and steam. The solar thermal application makes use of the company's solar dish and other core competencies, and will be a new addition to its product portfolio.
The system uses a parabolic solar concentrating dish to focus sunlight into a high-temperature thermal cavity receiver, which heats water or thermal oil to transfer heat to conventional heat exchangers located on the ground.
According to the company, the compact integrated dish and receiver is designed to operate in high temperatures and have a small land-use footprint.
Southwest Solar Technologies' product development and testing are conducted at its headquarters and operations facility at Southwest Solar Research Park in Phoenix.