PITA Fiscal Year 2013 Projects

A Cost Effective Concentrated PV and Thermal (CPV/T) Solar Collector with Multiple Applications

Lead University: Lehigh University
PI: Sudhakar Neti, Dept. of Mechanical Enginering and Mechanics
Co-PI(s): Alparslan Oztekin, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
PA Industry: CEWA Technologies, Inc.

The overall aim of this study is to develop a new application for a novel concentrated solar power dish technology resulting in a CPV/T dish capable of genertaing electricity using Photocoltaic (PV) cells while simultaneously collecting thermal energy. In order to accomplish this goal, Lehigh University will leverage its knowledge assocaited with the Department of Energy grant as well as the technical expertise in optics and energy from CEWA Technologies, Inc., CEWA Tech a Bethlehem start-up company that is on verge of bringing solar energy products to markets soon that will be economical WITHOUT subsidies. The CEWA Tech 7 m diameter, 32 kW thermal prototype dish is currently installed on the Flatiron building in cooperation with the Stone House Group and the current proposed work will make the dish much more versatile. The work proposed here will result in a versatile and reconfigurable test bed that can help reduce cost of evaluating CPV/T as well as other configurations of the solar dish. The reconfigurable test bed can help reduce development costs and to prove additional Intellectual Property of the company. Within the work scope of this proposed FY13 PITA project, a lab scale model solar dish will be developed, fabricated and tested to prove the CPV/T concept and aid in the development of CPV and Thermal prototype dish. Electrical and thermal energies and associated efficiencies will be quantified. This is a very critical and necessary part of the IP development program. The construction of the new prototype dish will enable multiple types of solar toroidal collectors leading to a wider range of markets for CEWA Tech, while generating more jobs in PA.