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Title: Support and maneuvering apparatus for solar energy receivers

Abstract

A support and maneuvering apparatus is disclosed for a solar energy receiving device adpated for receiving and concentrating solar energy and having a central axis extending through the center thereof. The apparatus includes a frame for mounting the perimeter of said solar energy receiving device. A support member extends along the central axis of the receiving device and has a base end passing through the center of the receiving device and an outer distal end adapted for carrying a solar energy receiving and conversion mechanism. A variable tension mechanism interconnects the support member with the frame to provide stiffening for the support member and the frame and to assist in the alignment of the frame to optimize the optical efficiency of the solar energy receiving device. A rotatable base is provided, and connecting members extend from the base for pivotable attachment to the frame at spaced positions therealong. Finally, an elevation assembly is connected to the receiving device for selectively pivoting the receiving device about an axis defined between the attachment positions of the connecting members on the frame.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Littleton, CO)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
MIDWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE
OSTI Identifier:
867147
Patent Number(s):
4875467
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) NREL
DOE Contract Number:  
AC02-83CH10093
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
support; maneuvering; apparatus; solar; energy; receivers; disclosed; receiving; device; adpated; concentrating; central; axis; extending; center; frame; mounting; perimeter; extends; base; passing; outer; distal; adapted; carrying; conversion; mechanism; variable; tension; interconnects; provide; stiffening; assist; alignment; optimize; optical; efficiency; rotatable; provided; connecting; extend; pivotable; attachment; spaced; positions; therealong; finally; elevation; assembly; connected; selectively; pivoting; defined; central axis; solar energy; energy receiver; receiving device; spaced positions; variable tension; concentrating solar; energy receivers; positions therealong; conversion mechanism; maneuvering apparatus; /126/359/

Citation Formats

Murphy, Lawrence M. Support and maneuvering apparatus for solar energy receivers. United States: N. p., 1989. Web.
Murphy, Lawrence M. Support and maneuvering apparatus for solar energy receivers. United States.
Murphy, Lawrence M. Sun . "Support and maneuvering apparatus for solar energy receivers". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/867147.
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title = {Support and maneuvering apparatus for solar energy receivers},
author = {Murphy, Lawrence M.},
abstractNote = {A support and maneuvering apparatus is disclosed for a solar energy receiving device adpated for receiving and concentrating solar energy and having a central axis extending through the center thereof. The apparatus includes a frame for mounting the perimeter of said solar energy receiving device. A support member extends along the central axis of the receiving device and has a base end passing through the center of the receiving device and an outer distal end adapted for carrying a solar energy receiving and conversion mechanism. A variable tension mechanism interconnects the support member with the frame to provide stiffening for the support member and the frame and to assist in the alignment of the frame to optimize the optical efficiency of the solar energy receiving device. A rotatable base is provided, and connecting members extend from the base for pivotable attachment to the frame at spaced positions therealong. Finally, an elevation assembly is connected to the receiving device for selectively pivoting the receiving device about an axis defined between the attachment positions of the connecting members on the frame.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1989},
month = {1}
}

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