Design and testing of a parabolic solar concentrator with automatic tracking system

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Youcef Mebarki
Abdelhakim Belkaid


The undertaken work revolves around an experimental investigation into harnessing solar energy and its conversion into thermal energy through the utilization of a parabolic concentrator. Ensuring optimal orientation concerning solar radiation is facilitated by an automatic tracking system. The prototype employed for testing primarily consists of a solar reflector, shaped as a parabola to efficiently reflect solar radiation, and an absorber comprising a coiled copper tube, designated as the focal point for concentrating the sun's rays. The attained results are significant, with temperatures surpassing 380°C recorded on the absorber's surface.

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Y. . Mebarki and A. . Belkaid, “Design and testing of a parabolic solar concentrator with automatic tracking system”, J. Ren. Energies, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 117 -, May 2024.


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