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Solar Concentrators with Flat Mirrors

  • Tetyana Baydyk
  • Ernst Kussul
  • Donald C. Wunsch II
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Part of the Computational Intelligence Methods and Applications book series (CIMA)

Abstract

Solar concentrators with flat mirrors have been developed over a period of several decades. In recent years, we have developed new designs and manufacturing methods for flat facet parabolic dish solar concentrators. In this chapter, we present a survey of several of our designs that currently have patents in the United States, Spain, and Mexico and analyze the advantages of these proposed prototypes, including the support frame structure, method of parabolic surface adjustment, and automation algorithms of the manufacture and assembly of these devices. Flat mirrors used for our solar concentrators are less expensive than concave mirrors used for other types of parabolic dish concentrators. The principal idea of the parabolic surface adjustment is to use the parabolic gauge that has a special shaft to install it in the central tube of the concentrator frame. This adjustment is fulfilled by the rotation of the adjusting nuts relative to adjusting screws up to the point of contact with the parabolic gauge. Finally, possible improvements of flat mirror solar concentrators are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tetyana Baydyk
    • 1
  • Ernst Kussul
    • 1
  • Donald C. Wunsch II
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Ciencias Aplicadas y Tecnología (ICAT)Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)Mexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Dept. of Electrical and Computer EngineeringMissouri University of Science and TechnologyRollaUSA

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