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Title: Concentration solar power optimization system and method of using the same

A system and method for optimizing at least one mirror of at least one CSP system is provided. The system has a screen for displaying light patterns for reflection by the mirror, a camera for receiving a reflection of the light patterns from the mirror, and a solar characterization tool. The solar characterization tool has a characterizing unit for determining at least one mirror parameter of the mirror based on an initial position of the camera and the screen, and a refinement unit for refining the determined parameter(s) based on an adjusted position of the camera and screen whereby the mirror is characterized. The system may also be provided with a solar alignment tool for comparing at least one mirror parameter of the mirror to a design geometry whereby an alignment error is defined, and at least one alignment unit for adjusting the mirror to reduce the alignment error.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1127125
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM) SNL-A
Patent Number(s):
8,674,280
Application Number:
12/838,551
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:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

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