Tracking motions in current heliostats are usually performed in discrete steps, even though the motion of the sun is continuous. Aiming errors due to the discrete steps are often about 1 mrad or more. A significant reduction of tracking error by smooth continuous tracking is presented. The implementation uses an electronic speed control unit to modify the rotational speed of the two AC motors on an existing heliostat. The continuous tracking system was implemented and successfully operated at the Weizmann Institute heliostat field. Measurements of heliostat motion show that aiming error due to tracking intervals was practically eliminated. A comparison of heliostat motions and flux on the target in step-tracking and continuous tracking modes is reported.
Continuous Tracking of Heliostats
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING. Manuscript received by the ASME Solar Energy Division, May 2003, accepted as is. Associate Editor: J. Davidson.
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Kribus, A., Vishnevetsky , I., Meri , M., Yogev, A., and Sytnik, A. (July 19, 2004). "Continuous Tracking of Heliostats ." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. August 2004; 126(3): 842–849. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1668026
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