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Heliostat Field Layout Improvement by Nonrestricted Refinement

Buck, Reiner (2014) Heliostat Field Layout Improvement by Nonrestricted Refinement. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering (Vol. 136). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). doi: 10.1115/1.4025293. ISSN 0199-6231.

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A new method for the heliostat field optimization is presented. The method is intended for further performance improvement after initial layout with a standard heliostat field layout tool. During the field refinement, the heliostats are repositioned around their original position, without or with little restrictions. A nonsimplifying ray-tracing tool is used for the performance evaluation. During the optimization, detailed local weather and site characteristics (e.g., topography) can be considered. An example case is presented and discussed. This case is based on a field layout for a plant similar to the PS10 solar tower plant in Spain. In this case, an improvement of the annual intercepted energy into the receiver of about 0.8% was achieved, by slightly repositioning the heliostats. Application of the refinement method is recommended for any future solar tower plant. Basically, the optimization improves the revenues while capital and O&M cost remain unchanged. It is expected that any standard heliostat layout can be improved to a certain degree using this method. The method is very flexible and can be easily adapted to specific situations and optimization goals.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/85523/
Document Type:Article
Title:Heliostat Field Layout Improvement by Nonrestricted Refinement
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:May 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Solar Energy Engineering
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Keywords:solar tower, heliostat, field layout, nonrestricted optimization, ray-tracing
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:Concentrating Solar Systems (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SF - Solar research
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Punktfokussierende Systeme (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Solar Research > Punktfokussierende Systeme
Deposited By: Uhlig, Tamara
Deposited On:29 Nov 2013 14:13
Last Modified:06 Nov 2023 14:20

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