Geometric and thermodynamic arguments are used to derive upper limits on the performance of a solar energy collection system, consisting of a solar tower, a heliostat field, and optional secondary concentrators. Performance criteria of collected power, concentration, and maximum work are presented. Performance of tower systems with several tower-top options (secondary reflectors and receivers) is compared. The suitability of the different design options for high-temperature solar applications is discussed. The recommendations regarding optical configuration depend on field size, as well as on application-specific restrictions.
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 1997|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1997 International Solar Energy Conference - Washington, DC, USA|
Duration: 27 Apr 1997 → 30 Apr 1997
|Conference||Proceedings of the 1997 International Solar Energy Conference|
|City||Washington, DC, USA|
|Period||27/04/97 → 30/04/97|