A method for remote optical measurement of the geometry of nonimaging concentrators is presented. A concentrator installed in a solar tower was measured by observation of transmission patterns from the heliostat field, and comparison of the measured patterns to a ray tracing simulation. The actual geometry of the concentrator was derived from optimization of the match between real and simulated patterns. The measurement was sensitive and accurate enough to detect small errors in the concentrator geometry, such as 1 millimeter in linear dimension and in concentrator tilt angle. The measurement procedure is simple and can be easily adapted to a wide range of nonimaging optical systems.
Optical In-Situ Assessment of a Nonimaging Secondary Concentrator in a Solar Tower
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of the THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the ASME Solar Energy Division, November 2000; final revision, February 2002. Associate Editor: R. Hogan.
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Kribus, A., and Timinger, A. (August 1, 2002). "Optical In-Situ Assessment of a Nonimaging Secondary Concentrator in a Solar Tower ." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. August 2002; 124(3): 223–229. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1488668
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