A central solar plant based on beam-down optics is composed of a field of heliostats, a tower reflector (hyperboloid mirror) and a ground receiver interfaced at its aperture with one or a cluster of secondary concentrators (CPC). In previous publications a method was presented illustrating the correlation between the tower reflector position and its size on one hand and the geometry, dimensions and reflective area of the secondary concentrator on the other hand, both related to the heliostat field reflective area. Obviously, when one wishes to reduce the size of a tower reflector by locating it closer to the upper focal point, the image created at the lower focus will be broader, resulting in a larger secondary ground concentrator. The present paper describes a method for substantial decrease of the dimensions of the ground secondary concentrator cluster (and, implicitly, the concentrator’s area) via truncation and some geometrical corrections without significant sacrifice of the optical performance. This offers a method for cost effective design of future central solar plants utilizing the beam-down optics.

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