Solar Furnace

The second project is development of a working prototype of a solar pyrolysis furnace. In the simplest form it’s a steel cylinder, with a door to load the pyrolysis chamber and a pressure valve to expel the gasses that are being formed, in a focal point of a large parabolic solar collector. The gasses that are being formed are burned. Different forms of collectors have to be tried from stationary double parabolic that do need no tracking during the day, to tracking parabolic to focus the sunlight on the pyrolysis chamber. Because of the required heat for a full sized pyrolysis chamber a 50 to 70 M2 mirror is needed. Eventually a couple of solar trackers with flat mirrors is probably simpler to make that one big parabolic one.

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