The SCATMES Device for Measurement of Concentrated Solar Radiation

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A. Neumann, A. Schmitz

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Energy Technology Division, D-51170 Köln, Germany

J. Sol. Energy Eng 121(2), 116-120 (May 01, 1999) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2888148 History: Received August 01, 1998; Revised December 01, 1998; Online February 14, 2008


Video camera systems monitoring a diffuse reflecting target for measuring the flux distribution of concentrated solar radiation are quite common. This technique cannot be used if parts of the experimental setup screen the surface of the target. The development of a new measurement system with a compact geometry and a new optical design is described. With this system it is possible to measure the flux distribution behind parts of an experiment and at any position of the plane of measurement, without any alteration of the setup. The sources of error, especially those of the target and the camera, are described and discussed, and finally a comparison to the existing FATMES-System, which has been performed at the solar furnace of the DLR in Cologne, is presented. Due to its measurement principle the new system is called ’Scanning Camera and Target Measurement System‘ (acronym: SCATMES).

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