A review of the compound parabolic concentrator (CPC) with a tubular absorber

Chuan Jiang, Lei Yu*, Song Yang, Keke Li, Jun Wang, Peter D. Lund, Yaoming Zhang

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The compound parabolic concentrator (CPC) is a highly interesting solar collector technology for different low-concentration applications due to no tracking requirement. The CPC with a tubular absorber is the most common type of CPC. Here, a comprehensive state-of-the-art review of this CPC type is presented, including design features, structure, applications, etc. Key design guidelines, structural improvements, and recent developments are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number695
Number of pages31
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review


  • Compound parabolic concentrator
  • Low-concentrator collector
  • Non-imaging optics
  • Tubular absorber


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