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Heat Flux Distribution Over a Solar Central Receiver Using an Aiming Strategy Based on a Conventional Closed Control Loop

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Jesús García, Marco Sanjuan

Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia

Yen Chean Soo Too, Andrew Beath

CSIRO Energy Centre, Mayfield West, Australia

Ricardo Vasquez Padilla

Southern Cross University, Lismore, Australia

Rodrigo Barraza Vicencio

Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile

Paper No. ES2017-3615, pp. V001T05A011; 7 pages
  • ASME 2017 11th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2017 Power Conference Joint With ICOPE-17, the ASME 2017 15th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, and the ASME 2017 Nuclear Forum
  • ASME 2017 11th International Conference on Energy Sustainability
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5759-5
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Solar thermal towers are a maturing technology that have the potential to supply a significant part of energy requirements of the future. One of the issues that needs careful attention is the heat flux distribution over the central receiver’s surface. It is imperative to maintain receiver’s thermal stresses below the material limits. Therefore, an adequate aiming strategy for each mirror is crucial. Due to the large number of mirrors present in a solar field, most aiming strategies work using a data base that establishes an aiming point for each mirror depending on the relative position of the sun and heat flux models. This paper proposes a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) closed control loop based on a methodology that allows using conventional control strategies such as those based on Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) controllers. Results indicate that even this basic control loop can successfully distribute heat flux on the solar receiver.

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