Solartron Energy Systems Inc. has developed a solar concentrator that tracks from sunrise to sunset, providing up to 12kW of solar heat per hour at a direct radiation of 1000 W/m2. The dish’s parabolic shape focuses the sun’s rays onto a central absorber. This remarkable system is very useful for process heating or cooling applications that need a lot of solar heat. The system can easily be retrofitted into existing hot water systems, and is able to provide water up to 95C (200F).
The control system is truly extraordinary. The solar water system is controlled with a dedicated and specially designed industrial computer. Sensors are in place to maintain proper storage tank temperature, water pressure. There are also sensors to measure insolation and wind speed. The safeguards will put the solar heat dish into stowaway mode in case of extreme winds (>200 km/h); the dish will track up to the tested rating of 120km/h, however the recommended windspeed for the solar water dish is 70km/h. The solar heat system will intelligently maintain storage tank temperature by stowing itself away from the sun during times of low consumption and will automatically track the sun again when more energy can be stored. The SolarBeam is truly the master of solar hot water.
The SolarBeam Concentrator is the only parabolic solar water system that with Watermark (Australia), SolarKeymark (Europe) and SRCC (USA) certification for rebates. The SolarBeam is sold through trained and experienced distributors throughout the world.
- Payback is only 6 years versus 20+ more years on solar flat plate panels or 15 years on evacuated tube
- You would need 15 flat panels to equal the energy generated by 1 SolarBeam in process heat applications
- Only SolarBeam qualfiies for rebates in New Zealand, Australia, Euope and North America
The SolarBeam Concentrator can be used in solar heating, solar hot water and air conditioning applications. Since the SolarBeam Concentrator tracks the sun, it is more efficient than flat panels and evacuated tube panels. The SolarBeam can be used at hospitals, schools, fire stations, commercial buildings, wineries, factories, residences etc.
SOLAR RESOURCE MAP
Click on the interactive map to see the direct beam radiation for your area.
Solar concentrators use direct beam radiation which is better than global radiation because the intensity is higher. To view the direct beam radiation on the map, click on “Map Tools”, then click “Direct Normal Irradiance”. This will show the radiation level for concentrating solar concentrators around the world. Click on your location and the radiation data for your region will automatically display. If your radiation level is higher than 3.5 kWh, then the SolarBeam is an excellent choice.