The research group “Components” develops and optimizes measurement procedures and quality criteria for the evaluation of collectors and collector components of CSP plants.
In our quality tests we consider optical properties such as reflectivity and absorptivity, geometrical properties such as shape accuracy and tracking precision, mechanical properties such as torsion stiffness, and thermal losses.
The measurement procedures we develop for this purpose simulate the load and the operation in a real solar power plant. Our goal is to obtain comparability of components and an assessment of their influence of the total efficiency of the power plant based on consistent quality criteria. Our methods and devices for testing are continuously optimized – based on our test results and the development of components in the industry.
In the QUARZ® testing and qualification center for concentrating solar technology we offer standardized measurements using test benches in the lab or under field conditions in our facilities in Köln, Jülich and the Plataforma Solar de Almería.