Novel Solar Concentrator Trough with Front-side Support Structure

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$95,513.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2011-00151
Agency Tracking Number:
2011-00151
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.6
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
INVENTION HOUSE, LLC
414 E CLINTON PL, Saint Louis, MO, 63122-6402
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
828761838
Principal Investigator:
Phil Langhorst
Managing Member
(314) 517-5547
phil@inventionh.com
Business Contact:
Phil Langhorst
Pres
(314) 517-5547
Phil@InventionH.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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