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System and method for aligning heliostats of a solar power tower

United States Patent

8,344,305
January 1, 2013
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Disclosed is a solar power tower heliostat alignment system and method that includes a solar power tower with a focal area, a plurality of heliostats that each reflect sunlight towards the focal area of the solar power tower, an off-focal area location substantially close to the focal area of the solar power tower, a communication link between the off-focal area location and a misaligned heliostat, and a processor that interprets the communication between the off-focal area location and the misaligned heliostat to identify the misaligned heliostat from the plurality of heliostats and that determines a correction for the identified misaligned heliostat to realign the misaligned heliostat to reflect sunlight towards the focal area of the solar power tower.
Convery; Mark R. (San Mateo, CA)
12/ 727,124
March 18, 2010
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This invention was made with State of Calif. support under California Energy Commission Grant number 56084A/08-20. The Energy Commission has certain rights to this invention.