Measurement of Heliostat Performance Characteristics

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J. P. Thornton, D. Waddington

Solar Energy Research Institute, Golden, CO

J. Sol. Energy Eng 102(1), 22-33 (Feb 01, 1980) (12 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3266117 History: Received November 01, 1979; Online November 11, 2009


A key milestone in the development of any solar collector is the comparison of actual performance data with predicted data. During a series of tests at the Martin Marietta solar test facility during 1976 and 1977, the performance of four full-size, prototype heliostats with different types and sizes of glass mirrors were measured and subseqeuently shown to compare closely with the predicted performances.

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