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Title: System and method for aligning heliostats of a solar power tower

Abstract

Disclosed is a solar power tower heliostat alignment system and method that includes a solar power tower with a focal area, a plurality of heliostats that each reflect sunlight towards the focal area of the solar power tower, an off-focal area location substantially close to the focal area of the solar power tower, a communication link between the off-focal area location and a misaligned heliostat, and a processor that interprets the communication between the off-focal area location and the misaligned heliostat to identify the misaligned heliostat from the plurality of heliostats and that determines a correction for the identified misaligned heliostat to realign the misaligned heliostat to reflect sunlight towards the focal area of the solar power tower.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
~Individually Owned Patent
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1176491
Patent Number(s):
8,344,305
Application Number:
12/727,124
Assignee:
Convery, Mark R. OSTI
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

Citation Formats

Convery, Mark R. System and method for aligning heliostats of a solar power tower. United States: N. p., 2013. Web.
Convery, Mark R. System and method for aligning heliostats of a solar power tower. United States.
Convery, Mark R. Tue . "System and method for aligning heliostats of a solar power tower". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1176491.
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title = {System and method for aligning heliostats of a solar power tower},
author = {Convery, Mark R.},
abstractNote = {Disclosed is a solar power tower heliostat alignment system and method that includes a solar power tower with a focal area, a plurality of heliostats that each reflect sunlight towards the focal area of the solar power tower, an off-focal area location substantially close to the focal area of the solar power tower, a communication link between the off-focal area location and a misaligned heliostat, and a processor that interprets the communication between the off-focal area location and the misaligned heliostat to identify the misaligned heliostat from the plurality of heliostats and that determines a correction for the identified misaligned heliostat to realign the misaligned heliostat to reflect sunlight towards the focal area of the solar power tower.},
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journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2013},
month = {1}
}

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