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Title: Tracking system for solar collectors

Abstract

A tracking system is provided for pivotally mounted spaced-apart solar collectors. A pair of cables is connected to spaced-apart portions of each collector, and a driver displaces the cables, thereby causing the collectors to pivot about their mounting, so as to assume the desired orientation. The collectors may be of the cylindrical type as well as the flat-plate type. Rigid spar-like linkages may be substituted for the cables. Releasable attachments of the cables to the collectors is also described, as is a fine tuning mechanism for precisely aligning each individual collector.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Golden, CO)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
864838
Patent Number(s):
4425904
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) NREL
DOE Contract Number:  
EG-77-C-01-4042
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
tracking; solar; collectors; provided; pivotally; mounted; spaced-apart; pair; cables; connected; portions; collector; driver; displaces; causing; pivot; mounting; assume; desired; orientation; cylindrical; type; flat-plate; rigid; spar-like; linkages; substituted; releasable; attachments; described; fine; tuning; mechanism; precisely; aligning; individual; pivotally mounted; fine tuning; solar collectors; solar collector; /126/353/

Citation Formats

Butler, Barry L. Tracking system for solar collectors. United States: N. p., 1984. Web.
Butler, Barry L. Tracking system for solar collectors. United States.
Butler, Barry L. Sun . "Tracking system for solar collectors". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/864838.
@article{osti_864838,
title = {Tracking system for solar collectors},
author = {Butler, Barry L.},
abstractNote = {A tracking system is provided for pivotally mounted spaced-apart solar collectors. A pair of cables is connected to spaced-apart portions of each collector, and a driver displaces the cables, thereby causing the collectors to pivot about their mounting, so as to assume the desired orientation. The collectors may be of the cylindrical type as well as the flat-plate type. Rigid spar-like linkages may be substituted for the cables. Releasable attachments of the cables to the collectors is also described, as is a fine tuning mechanism for precisely aligning each individual collector.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1984},
month = {1}
}

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