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Fast Determination of Heliostat Shape and Orientation by Edge Detection and Photogrammetry

Röger, Marc and Prahl, Christoph and Ulmer, Steffen (2008) Fast Determination of Heliostat Shape and Orientation by Edge Detection and Photogrammetry. In: Proc. 14th CSP SolarPACES Symposium 2008. SolarPACES. 14th CSP SolarPACES Symposium 2008, [2008-03-04 - 2008-03-07], Las Vegas, NV.

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Abstract

Heliostats of central receiver solar power plants reach dimensions up to 150 m<sup>2</sup> with focal lengths up to 1000 m. Their optical properties and tracking accuracy have great influence on the power plant efficiency and need to be monitored both at plant start up and during operation. Up to now, there are few efficient and fast measurement techniques to access the heliostat properties. Flux density measurements and close-range photogrammetry are possible approaches, yet they do not fulfill the requirement to be accurate, inexpensive and fast at the same time. In this paper, we present a non-contact measurement principle, which uses edge detection to extract the heliostat and facet vertices. This information is used to calculate the surface normals. Furthermore, the corners can replace retroreflective targets generally used in close-range photogrammetry, thus enabling a fast and completely automatic evaluation of the three-dimensional heliostat structure. The pictures are provided by a digital camera which is mounted on a pan tilt head on top of the central receiver tower, offering visibility to all heliostats and allowing the automated qualification of whole heliostat fields in a short period of time. It is shown that measurement uncertainties in heliostat orientation for the investigated heliostat are below 4 mrad in 80% of the relevant heliostat positions. Heliostat orientation is available within three minutes. Photogrammetric measurements based on edge detection at a 40-m<sup>2</sup> CESA-1 heliostat at the Plataforma Solar de Almerìa (PSA) exhibit an accuracy of 1.6 mrad for a single-facet normal vector with the results being available within 30 minutes. The reduced measurement time allows the economic characterization of entire heliostat fields. The lower accuracy compared to manual photogrammetry with retroreflective targets is still sufficient to detect facet misalignments in existing heliostat fields.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Fast Determination of Heliostat Shape and Orientation by Edge Detection and Photogrammetry
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Röger, MarcUNSPECIFIED
Prahl, ChristophUNSPECIFIED
Ulmer, SteffenUNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2008
Journal or Publication Title:Proc. 14th CSP SolarPACES Symposium 2008
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:SolarPACES
Series Name:CD-550-42709
Status:Published
Keywords:Kantenerkennung, Photogrammetrie, Heliostat-Form, Heliostat-Orientierung, Solarturm, Digitale Bildverarbeitung, edge detection, photogrammetry, heliostat shape, heliostat orientation, solar tower, digital imaging
Event Title:14th CSP SolarPACES Symposium 2008
Event Location:Las Vegas, NV
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:[2008-03-04 - 2008-03-07]
Organizer:SolarPACES
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:E SF - Solar research (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SF - Solar research
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Qualifizierung (old)
Location: other
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Thermodynamics > Solar Research
Institute of Technical Thermodynamics
Deposited By: Marc Röger
Deposited On:26 Feb 2009
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:36

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