How It Works
Prometheus uses a two-stage method of solar concentration. The patented design has a 'primary' mirror that collects the sun rays and focuses them onto a 'secondary' mirror, which further focuses the light to a focal point. The adoption of two-stage geometry from that of a double curved lens is a relatively simple step that has allowed inexpensive but powerful collectors to be built. The method has a relatively small footprint, produces very high temperatures and is adaptable to a number of scales of size and materials of construction. The two-stage method provides a platform to cleanly and renewably power domestic and industrial heating and water purification.
UNB Student Design Teams
Two separate student teams from the University of New Brunswick took on Prometheus themed design projects for the 2009 fall term. One team focused on the tracking mechanics while the other team analysed the collapsable structure of the Gamma II prototype. Over the term the students collaborated with the Prometheus team and produced great results. UNB and LIFE look forward to collaborating on more projects.