Solar concentrating façade

Sidi Mohamed Ezzahiri, Badia S. Nasif, Jan Krieg, Anco Bakker, Carlos Infante Ferreira

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The search for renewable energy sources is a wide area in which significant progress is still expected. This paper focuses on an energy system that uses Fresnel lenses to concentrate sunlight on a tubing system to heat up the working fluid. Fresnel lenses are lighter, thinner and cheaper to build than ordinary lenses. The model is designed to be integrated into the façade of a building that will then be heated or cooled using the energy extracted from sunlight. Details of the concept have been given in Tsoutsou et al. (2014) in which the viability of the concept was investigated and its energy saving and economic benefits have been quantified. A prototype façade of 1.5 x 3.6m, with 3 m2 Fresnel lens area, has been constructed as a proto-type and tested in a standard office size of a dummy building. This paper presents the experimental performance of the solar concentrating façade and identifies advantages and disadvantages of the solar system. A model has been developed to predict the effect of design choices. This model is used to identify potential optimization strategies. In addition to the suntracking method, mass flow through the collectors can be adjusted to achieve maximum efficiency of the Fresnel collectors
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Powerskin Conference
EditorsThomas Auer, Ulrich Knaack, Jens Schneider
Place of PublicationDelft, the Netherlands
PublisherTU Delft OPEN Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-94-92516-29-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventPowerSkin Conference - Munich, Germany
Duration: 19 Jan 201719 Jan 2017


ConferencePowerSkin Conference


  • Building integrated solar collector
  • Building integrated solar façade
  • Fresnel solar collector
  • Concentrated solar collector


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