Novel Solar Concentrator Trough with Front-side Support Structure

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2011-00151
Agency Tracking Number: 2011-00151
Amount: $95,513.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.6
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
414 E CLINTON PL, Saint Louis, MO, 63122-6402
DUNS: 828761838
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Phil Langhorst
 Managing Member
 (314) 517-5547
Business Contact
 Phil Langhorst
Title: Pres
Phone: (314) 517-5547
Research Institution
Invention House LLC proposes to lower the initial cost of solar energy by minimizing the material used in the reflector of a concentrating trough. Placing the support structure on the front (sun) side and using a thin reflecting membrane will reduce material usage and cost by approximately 66%. The system is capable of producing boiling hot water for use in grain drying, food processing, and sterilization. This phase 1 project aims to show the feasibility of such a design by delivering a working prototype capable of heat collection.

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