April 22, 2013
AIRLIGHT ENERGY successfully tested its latest CSP receiver design which was able to efficiently heat air from ambient temperature to well above 600 °C, a result which is unprecedented on a linear concentrator configuration. More relevantly, such performance was obtained with a design which uses only conventional materials and does not require any high-tech components like selective coatings or vacuum insulation. This achievement fortifies the commitment of AIRLIGHT ENERGY to offer a cost-competitive CSP solution able to deliver heat at temperatures significantly above the current 400-450 °C of conventional systems and, therefore, to attain higher solar-to-electricity conversion efficiencies. Furthermore, air as the thermal fluid offers many interesting opportunities for industrial process heat applications due to the ease of integration in existing heating systems.