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Title: Rim-drive cable-aligned heliostat collector system

Abstract

Disclosed is a heliostat collector apparatus comprising at least one heliostat suspended from a plurality of longitudinally extending linkage means. An enclosure structure is disposed adjacent the heliostat and provides a means for allowing the heliostat to be substantially protected from weathering. A first drive means is operatively connected to the heliostat to effect steering thereof in at least one of first and second predetermined directions. Finally, a frame member is adapted for supporting the heliostat at an inner portion thereof. The frame includes a plurality of outer expandable portions. Each one of the expandable portions is adapted to slidably engage a corresponding one of the plurality of linkage means. The expandable portions are further adapted to allow the heliostat to be slidably moved along the linkage means in directions away from and towards the enclosure structure and to substantially reduce stress acting on the heliostat during steering.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5848253
Application Number:
ON: DE83018024
Assignee:
ERA-08-053825; EDB-83-175836
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-77CH00178
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; HELIOSTATS; DESIGN; CLEANING; FAILURES; MAINTENANCE; WEATHERING; EQUIPMENT; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; 141000* - Solar Collectors & Concentrators; 140702 - Solar Thermal Power Systems- Central Receiver

Citation Formats

Dolan, J.E., and Sands, T.D. Rim-drive cable-aligned heliostat collector system. United States: N. p., 1982. Web.
Dolan, J.E., & Sands, T.D. Rim-drive cable-aligned heliostat collector system. United States.
Dolan, J.E., and Sands, T.D. Thu . "Rim-drive cable-aligned heliostat collector system". United States.
@article{osti_5848253,
title = {Rim-drive cable-aligned heliostat collector system},
author = {Dolan, J.E. and Sands, T.D.},
abstractNote = {Disclosed is a heliostat collector apparatus comprising at least one heliostat suspended from a plurality of longitudinally extending linkage means. An enclosure structure is disposed adjacent the heliostat and provides a means for allowing the heliostat to be substantially protected from weathering. A first drive means is operatively connected to the heliostat to effect steering thereof in at least one of first and second predetermined directions. Finally, a frame member is adapted for supporting the heliostat at an inner portion thereof. The frame includes a plurality of outer expandable portions. Each one of the expandable portions is adapted to slidably engage a corresponding one of the plurality of linkage means. The expandable portions are further adapted to allow the heliostat to be slidably moved along the linkage means in directions away from and towards the enclosure structure and to substantially reduce stress acting on the heliostat during steering.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1982},
month = {9}
}