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Title: Mobile computing device configured to compute irradiance, glint, and glare of the sun

Described herein are technologies pertaining to computing the solar irradiance distribution on a surface of a receiver in a concentrating solar power system or glint/glare emitted from a reflective entity. A mobile computing device includes at least one camera that captures images of the Sun and the entity of interest, wherein the images have pluralities of pixels having respective pluralities of intensity values. Based upon the intensity values of the pixels in the respective images, the solar irradiance distribution on the surface of the entity or glint/glare corresponding to the entity is computed by the mobile computing device.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1126697
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM) SNL-A
Patent Number(s):
8,669,509
Application Number:
13/240,995
Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Research Org:
SNL-A (Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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  • Ulmer, Steffen; Reinalter, Wolfgang; Heller, Peter
  • ASME Solar 2002: International Solar Energy Conference, p. 285-292
  • DOI: 10.1115/SED2002-1064

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