National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Solar Concentrators

Concentrators are used to collect and focus solar energy to be used in various space applications including power conversion, thermal propulsion and furnaces. GRC has a long heritage in concentrator development efforts as identified below.

Solar Concentrators Collage

This collage depicts three different types of solar concentrators.

Advanced Thin Film Inflatable Concentrators

Advanced Thin Film Inflatable Concentrators

Space-based solar thermal power systems are very appealing as a space power source because they generate power efficiently. However, solar thermal (dynamic) systems currently incorporate rigid concentrators that are relatively heavy and require significant...
Spline Radial Panel Concentrators

Spline Radial Panel Concentrators

Spline Radial Panel (SRP) Concentrators are based on radio frequency (RF) antenna technology: Two 13 m dishes planned for ASEAN Cellular Satellite (June 1999 launch) Benefits include low mass, low volume, ease of deployment The illustration...