Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 135, Issue 1, pp 763–786 | Cite as

A review of concentrating solar thermal collectors with and without nanofluids

  • Evangelos BellosEmail author
  • Christos Tzivanidis


Solar concentrating solar thermal collectors are promising technologies for various applications which demand medium- and high-temperature levels. The objective of this work is to review the recent trends in the solar concentrating collectors and to give the emphasis on the performance enhancement methods which applied to the concentrating technologies. Optical and thermal enhancements methods are investigated for the following collector types: compound parabolic concentrator, parabolic trough collector, linear Fresnel reflector and solar dish concentrator. The emphasis is given to the utilization of nanofluids as working fluids because a lot of research has been focused on them in the last years. Moreover, the use of internal fins and inserts in the flow, the use of modified absorbers, as well as various optical design optimizations are included in this review. The final conclusions of this work clearly indicate the most effective enhancement methods in the concentrating solar collectors, as well as the future fields that have to be investigated.


Solar energy Nanofluids Concentrating collectors Parabolic trough collector Efficiency enhancement 

List of Symbols


Coefficient of Eq. 5 (Pa s)


Coefficient of Eq. 5 (Pa s)


Concentration ratio of the collector (–)


Coefficient of Eq. 4 (W m−1 K−1)


Specific heat capacity (J kg−1 K−1)


Thermal conductivity (W m−1 K−1)

Greek Symbols


Efficiency (–)


Dynamic viscosity (Pa s)


Density (kg m−3)


Volumetric concentration of nanoparticles (–)

Subscripts and superscripts


Base fluid











Carbon nanotube


Compound parabolic concentrator


Ethylene glycol


Experimental study


Linear Fresnel reflector


Multi-wall carbon nanotube


Organic Rankine cycle


Performance evaluation criterion


Parabolic trough concentrator


Solar dish concentrator


Single-wall carbon nanotube



Dr. Evangelos Bellos would like to thank “Bodossaki Foundation” for its financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thermal Department, School of Mechanical EngineeringNational Technical University of AthensAthensGreece

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