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Long range heliostat target using array of normal incidence pyranometers to evaluate a beam of solar radiation

United States Patent

March 4, 2014
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Various technologies described herein pertain to evaluating a beam reflected by a heliostat. A portable target that has an array of sensors mounted thereupon is configured to capture the beam reflected by the heliostat. The sensors in the array output measured values indicative of a characteristic of the beam reflected by the heliostat. Moreover, a computing device can generate and output data corresponding to the beam reflected by the heliostat based on the measured values indicative of the characteristic of the beam received from the sensors in the array.
Ghanbari; Cheryl M. (Albuquerque, NM), Ho; Clifford K. (Albuquerque, NM), Kolb; Gregory J. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
13/ 238,431
September 21, 2011
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST This invention was developed under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.