Performance limits of heliostat fields

Abraham Kribus*, Vladimir Krupkin, Amnon Yogev

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 International Solar Energy Conference - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: 27 Apr 199730 Apr 1997


ConferenceProceedings of the 1997 International Solar Energy Conference
CityWashington, DC, USA


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