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Mobile computing device configured to compute irradiance, glint, and glare of the sun

United States Patent

March 11, 2014
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Described herein are technologies pertaining to computing the solar irradiance distribution on a surface of a receiver in a concentrating solar power system or glint/glare emitted from a reflective entity. A mobile computing device includes at least one camera that captures images of the Sun and the entity of interest, wherein the images have pluralities of pixels having respective pluralities of intensity values. Based upon the intensity values of the pixels in the respective images, the solar irradiance distribution on the surface of the entity or glint/glare corresponding to the entity is computed by the mobile computing device.
Gupta; Vipin P. (Reno, NV), Ho; Clifford K. (Albuquerque, NM), Khalsa; Siri Sahib (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
13/ 240,995
September 22, 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.