The Parabolic Solar Trough

Anthony Messina | Ben Peterson | John LaFavor | Rebecca Gardner | John Goljenboom Jr

Milwaukee School of Engineering

This project was funded on:
23 March 2013
"I love this project because it affects more than just me. Renewable energy has the potential to take away millions of pollutants out of the atmosphere, and I’m proud to be a part of a team that has the potential to do that." --John LaFavor, Senior Mechanical Engineering Student


Budget Overview

We will need funding for a pump, flow meter, tubing, steel pipe, valve, hose clamps, PVC step down pipe, poster board, and funds to present our findings at the IECEC Conference.

Meet the Researcher


I am a senior in the B.S. of Mechanical Engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. My team and I have started a project to study optimize the properties of what is referred to as a solar trough. The solar trough focuses sunlight along a metal tube full of running water. It then takes that heat to boil the water and turn that thermal energy into useful energy.

We will also create a way to artificially mimic the energy received from sunlight in a laboratory experiment. This will then hopefully be used as a learning tool here at our school in the future.

Project Backers

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