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Title: SolTrace: A Ray-Tracing Code for Complex Solar Optical Systems

SolTrace is an optical simulation tool designed to model optical systems used in concentrating solar power (CSP) applications. The code was first written in early 2003, but has seen significant modifications and changes since its inception, including conversion from a Pascal-based software development platform to C++. SolTrace is unique in that it can model virtually any optical system utilizingthe sun as the source. It has been made available for free and as such is in use worldwide by industry, universities, and research laboratories. The fundamental design of the code is discussed, including enhancements and improvements over the earlier version. Comparisons are made with other optical modeling tools, both non-commercial and commercial in nature. Finally, modeled results are shownfor some typical CSP systems and, in one case, compared to measured optical data.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Allan Lewandowski Solar Consulting LLC, Evergreen, CO (United States)
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Technical Report
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office
Country of Publication:
United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION solar optics; ray tracing; optical modeling; concentrating solar power (CSP); CSP; SOLTRACE