DOE Patents title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

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

Abstract

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:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1127125
Patent Number(s):
8674280
Application Number:
12/838,551
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
Y - NEW / CROSS SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES Y02 - TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE Y02E - REDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F24 - HEATING F24S - SOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY

Citation Formats

Andraka, Charles E. Concentration solar power optimization system and method of using the same. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Andraka, Charles E. Concentration solar power optimization system and method of using the same. United States.
Andraka, Charles E. Tue . "Concentration solar power optimization system and method of using the same". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1127125.
@article{osti_1127125,
title = {Concentration solar power optimization system and method of using the same},
author = {Andraka, Charles E},
abstractNote = {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.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2014},
month = {3}
}

Works referenced in this record:

Optical apparatus for forming correlation spectrometers and optical processors
patent, May 1999


Alignment system and method for dish concentrators
patent, November 1999


Dish/stirling hybrid-receiver
patent, December 2002


Information-efficient spectral imaging sensor
patent, January 2003


Information-efficient spectral imaging sensor with TDI
patent, January 2004


Combustion system for hybrid solar fossil fuel receiver
patent, May 2004


Photonic crystal light source
patent, July 2004


Autonomous heliostat
patent, May 2005


Flip-chip light emitting diode with resonant optical microcavity
patent, November 2005


Solar reflection panels
patent, July 2006


Feedback control method for a heliostat
patent, April 2007


Wide field of view telescope
patent, January 2008


Laser remote sensing of backscattered light from a target sample
patent, February 2008


Fault Monitoring Based on Solar Tracking Error
patent-application, January 2010


Camera-Based Heliostat Calibration with Artificial Light Sources
patent-application, February 2010


Camera-Based Heliostat Tracking Controller
patent-application, January 2011