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Title: Solar receiver heliostat reflector having a linear drive and position information system

Abstract

A heliostat for a solar receiver system comprises an improved drive and control system for the heliostat reflector assembly. The heliostat reflector assembly is controllably driven in a predetermined way by a light-weight drive system so as to be angularly adjustable in both elevation and azimuth to track the sun and efficiently continuously reflect the sun's rays to a focal zone, i.e., heat receiver, which forms part of a solar energy utilization system, such as a solar energy fueled electrical power generation system. The improved drive system includes linear stepping motors which comprise low weight, low cost, electronic pulse driven components. One embodiment comprises linear stepping motors controlled by a programmed, electronic microprocessor. Another embodiment comprises a tape driven system controlled by a position control magnetic tape.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. Schenectady, NY
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
863524
Patent Number(s):
4192583
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01S - RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F24 - HEATING F24S - SOLAR HEAT COLLECTORS
DOE Contract Number:  
EG77-12031468
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
solar; receiver; heliostat; reflector; linear; drive; position; information; comprises; improved; control; assembly; controllably; driven; predetermined; light-weight; angularly; adjustable; elevation; azimuth; track; sun; efficiently; continuously; reflect; rays; focal; zone; heat; forms; energy; utilization; fueled; electrical; power; generation; stepping; motors; comprise; weight; cost; electronic; pulse; components; embodiment; controlled; programmed; microprocessor; tape; magnetic; reflector assembly; stepping motor; embodiment comprises; position information; electrical power; solar energy; power generation; solar receiver; position control; heliostat reflector; magnetic tape; receiver heliostat; energy utilization; heat receiver; energy fuel; electronic pulse; /353/126/

Citation Formats

Horton, Richard H. Solar receiver heliostat reflector having a linear drive and position information system. United States: N. p., 1980. Web.
Horton, Richard H. Solar receiver heliostat reflector having a linear drive and position information system. United States.
Horton, Richard H. Tue . "Solar receiver heliostat reflector having a linear drive and position information system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/863524.
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author = {Horton, Richard H},
abstractNote = {A heliostat for a solar receiver system comprises an improved drive and control system for the heliostat reflector assembly. The heliostat reflector assembly is controllably driven in a predetermined way by a light-weight drive system so as to be angularly adjustable in both elevation and azimuth to track the sun and efficiently continuously reflect the sun's rays to a focal zone, i.e., heat receiver, which forms part of a solar energy utilization system, such as a solar energy fueled electrical power generation system. The improved drive system includes linear stepping motors which comprise low weight, low cost, electronic pulse driven components. One embodiment comprises linear stepping motors controlled by a programmed, electronic microprocessor. Another embodiment comprises a tape driven system controlled by a position control magnetic tape.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {1}
}

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