Parabolic solar concentration technology produces a dense form of energy that can be used for heating and cooling, electricity generation, and industrial purposes.

Absolicon develops and manufactures solar concentration technologies. Their products, known as ‘parabolic trough converters’ contain a U-shaped metal basin that reflects and concentrates solar energy. Their key model, the T160, is mounted on a mechanism that allows the troughs to move with the sun, maximising the amount of time they are exposed to energy throughout the day.

The T160 concentrates the solar rays to heat water up 160ºC that creates steam. This intense source of energy can be used in industrial processes as an alternative to oil and natural gas. Their model went through rigorous testing for durability and efficiency by the Swiss Institut für Solartechnik, one of the oldest, internationally accredited solar heating testers in Europe. From the regional production line the T160 has a payback time of 4-5 years. 

Absolicon products are designed with scalability and affordability in mind. They are produced using readily available materials so that they can be regionally produced and more quickly distributed, and have already been installed in Europe, South America and Asia. At present they have robotised production facilities in Sweden and Sichuan, in China, and are currently looking to expand production to India.

Why you should care

Innovations in the design of solar power technologies can help drive down the levelised cost of electricity so that renewables can outcompete fossil fuels. This will lead to drastic reductions in global greenhouse gases emissions from the electricity and heating sectors.

How the Global Goals are addressed

Affordable and clean energy

In tests, Absolicon solar collector has shown to have an efficiency of 76.6%. This is the highest number ever achieved for a small parabolic trough. 

Climate Action

Absolicon estimates a 100 m² installation of their technology can prevent 775 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere if replacing fossil fuel based energy sources.