Continuous tracking of heliostats

A. Kribus*, I. Vishnevetsky, M. Meri, A. Yogev, A. Sytnik

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Tracking motions in current heliostats are usually performed in discrete steps, even though the motion of the sun is continuous. Aiming errors due to the discrete steps are often about 1 mrad or more. A significant reduction of tracking error by smooth continuous tracking is presented. The implementation uses an electronic speed control unit to modify the rotational speed of the two AC motors on an existing heliostat. The continuous tracking system was implemented and successfully operated at the Weizmann Institute heliostat field. Measurements of heliostat motion show that aiming error due to tracking intervals was practically eliminated. A comparison of heliostat motions and flux on the target in step-tracking and continuous tracking modes is reported.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 International Solar Energy Conference - Kohala Coast, HI, United States
Duration: 15 Mar 200318 Mar 2003


Conference2003 International Solar Energy Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKohala Coast, HI


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