Honeycomb Panels For Curved Solar Reflector Panels
Solar thermal collectors, which are considered parabolic troughs, are straight in one dimension and curved as a parabola in the other two. These are typically lined with a polished metal mirror, directing sunlight.
KPM’s honeycomb panels can be thermoformed to solar collectors fit any custom radii.
KPM’s honeycomb panels are mocked up at full scale, if required, and delivered to the site pre-curved and pre-cut with optional interlocking joints, to aid installation and reduce materials and onsite labor.
To achieve greater temperatures with optimum efficiency, a solar collector in the form of a parabolic trough reflector can be needed. In this instance, we highly recommend the utilization of KPM’s aluminum honeycomb panels, rather than their glass counterparts.
KPM’s aluminum honeycomb panels can be thermoformed to any specification, to create light-transmitting curved walls with many advantages over curved glass.
Curved parabolic trough panels are air-cured as opposed to an energy-intensive kiln cure
Ease of transportation, handling, and installation is much higher with honeycomb
Honeycomb panels weigh one-fifth the weight of glass
Kerrs’ panels can be cut on site (unlike glass)
Parabolic trough curved panels cost a fraction of the cost of glass – from the panel cost itself to the costs of shipping, handling and installation