Solar Company Spotlight: SkyFuel

Skyfuel Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy Systems

Skyfuel Concentrated Solar Thermal Energy Systems

SkyFuel envisions solar power taking a sizable portion of the global energy market. In order to achieve this, the company has made the optimization of its current CSP (Concentrating Solar Power) technology’s performance and reliability its main mission.

A management team led by Rick LeBlanc (who serves as Chairman of the Board) and composed of some of the most brilliant minds in the solar power industry is working actively to ensure the company’s vision and mission is achieved. In addition to its vision and mission, SkyFuel also values sustainability. This can be seen in the solar company’s manufacturing facilities, offices, as well as in the design of its products. For its efforts in pursuing its vision and mission as well as promoting corporate sustainability, the company has received numerous awards and recognition within the industry. These include the CCIA (Colorado Cleantech Industry Association) Emerging Company Award and the CSP Technology Supplier Award from CSP Today.

Parabolic Trough Concentrated Solar Thermal Technology from Skyfuel

Parabolic Trough Concentrated Solar Thermal Technology from Skyfuel

SkyTrough Technology

SkyFuel boasts of being the only manufacturer with an exclusive license for using Reflec TechPLUS technology. This is a high reflectance silver-polymer film developed through the company’s partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This technology is used as a coating for solar collectors/panels and drastically improves their durability as well as ensuring that they’ll continue on functioning even after decades of use. One of SkyFuel’s products that make use of this technology to great effect is the SkyTrough. It is a high performance parabolic trough solar concentrator that is most often used in solar thermal power plants.

This picture shows the scale of the parabolic trough systems from Skyfuel

This picture shows the scale of the parabolic trough systems from Skyfuel

In addition, solar thermal plants using the company’s solutions also employ SkyFuel’s OnSun Integrated Drive and Control System. At the core of this technology is the company’s proprietary SkyTrakker control system which, together with a hydraulic actuator that was built and customized by Helac Corporation, allows for greater reliability, performance, and reduced costs in the SkyTrough’s operation.

SEGS Power Plants and other Projects

The collectors are the focal point for the parabolic mirrors

The collectors are the focal point for the parabolic mirrors

 

The Solar Electric Generating Systems plants found California’s Mojave Desert is a good example of a SkyFuel’s products and technology in action. These form a cluster of nine plants that make use of the SkyTrough parabolic solar collectors in what the company terms as “stand-alone” configurations.

With a 354 MW installed capacity and an average gross solar energy output of 75 MWe, the SEGS plants provide power to around 230,000 homes.Aside from solar thermal power plants, the company’s solar collector technology has most recently seen use as an integral part of the Aqua4 solar thermal desalination system in Colorado.

This project is set to use about 50 SkyTrough solar collectors that are each estimated to produce up to 8 gallons of potable water per minute.

 

 

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