Solar Dish/Engine System
The sun’s energy is concentrated on a receiver and generator located at the focal point of the parabolically shaped dish.
A solar dish/engine system consists of a solar concentrator – glass mirrors in the shape of a dish that reflect sunlight onto a small area – and a power conversion unit that includes a thermal receiver and a generator. The thermal receiver includes tubes for the transfer fluid – usually hydrogen or helium – that transfers heat to a generator to produce electricity.
For more information on this exhibit, please contact the Comptroller’s Data Services Division at 512-463-4900 or at P.O. Box 13528, Austin, Texas 78711-3528.
Sources: Florida A&M University and Florida State University.