Computer Controlled Focusing Solar Energy Collector

The Computer Controlled Focusing Solar Energy Collector, “ECESC”, has been designed by EDIBON to study the conversion of solar energy into thermal energy using a parabolic trough.

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The Computer Controlled Focusing Solar Energy Collector, “ECESC”, shows the principles of a parabolic trough to collect solar energy.

The unit includes a highly polished stainless steel parabolic reflector on a mobile base. It can be horizontally and vertically adjusted so that solar energy is focused on an energy collector from different positions. The reflector includes a pyranometer to measure the incident solar radiation.

Five interchangeable energy collectors of different sizes are included to study different concentration ratios. One of them has a special black coating to study its effect. Each one has a “J” type temperature sensor to measure the temperature of the collector. Additionally, another insulating glass collector with vacuum coating is included to study the effect of a shielded collector.

This Computer Controlled Unit is supplied with the EDIBON Computer Control System (SCADA), and includes: The unit itself + a Control Interface Box + a Data Acquisition Board + Computer Control, Data Acquisition and Data Management Software Packages, for controlling the process and all parameters involved in the process.


  1. Demostración del funcionamiento de un colector cilíndrico solar.
  2. Estudio de los diferentes niveles de concentración de energía según el tamaño del colector.
  3. Comparar los niveles de concentración de energía de un cilindro normal y uno con pantalla aislante.
  4. Medida de las temperaturas máximas alcanzadas por los colectores de energía.
  5. Optimización y ajuste de un reflector parabólico para conseguir altos niveles de concentración.


  1. Sensors calibration.

Other possibilities to be done with this Unit:

  1. Many students view results simultaneously. To view all results in real time in the classroom by means of a projector or an electronic whiteboard.
  2. Open Control, Multicontrol and Real Time Control. This unit allows intrinsically and/or extrinsically to change the span, gains, proportional, integral, derivative parameters, etc, in real time.
  3. The Computer Control System with SCADA allows a real industrial simulation.
  4. This unit is totally safe as uses mechanical, electrical/electronic, and software safety devices.
  5. This unit can be used for doing applied research.
  6. This unit can be used for giving training courses to Industries even to other Technical Education Institutions.
  7. Control of the ECESC unit process through the control interface box without the computer.
  8. Visualization of all the sensors values used in the ECESC unit process.
  9. Several other exercises can be done and designed by the user.

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