SkyFuel Unveils SkyTrough Technology

SkyFuel Inc. has unveiled its SkyTrough solar energy system. Made with glass-free mirrors, an engineered space frame that allows compact transportation and new more efficient drive & control systems, the SkyTrough could cut the cost of the parabolic trough concentrator by 35 percent compared to other commercially available systems.

The SkyTrough is 375 feet long, twenty feet tall, and features one of the largest parabolic trough modules ever built. It was developed with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and with a grant from New Mexico Governor Bill Richardon’s Energy Innovation Fund for SkyFuel’s research partnership with the University of New Mexico.

“SkyFuel has harnessed two of Colorado’s greatest resources: our state’s solar energy potential and our educated workforce. The company is a great example of how Colorado is building a new energy economy and becoming a national and international leader in renewable energy,” said Colorado Governor Bill Ritter.