Designing an autonomous power system for a stand-alone heliostat

Armin Buchroithner, Gani Ganapathi, Sai Nataraj, Andrew Kindler

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Abstract

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) offers a number of advantages over photovoltaic at large scale power generation, such as lower cost and the option of thermal energy storage. However, the costs of a power tower plant are dominated by heliostats, which are usually 50% of the entire facility. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was awarded funding by the DOE SunShot Initiative to develop a low-cost, rigid foam-based solar concentrator to meet installed cost goals of $75/m2 versus current costs of $200-250/m2. One of the key features of the newly developed design is the stand-alone power system based on PV-panels and a Li-Fe-battery, which reduces operation and installation costs. The approach was validated by building and testing of a small-scale (6m2) heliostat prototype. The design process and findings are described in detail.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGSEC) Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Power and Energy Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2294-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
Event2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference - Long Beach, Ca., United States
Duration: 5 Nov 20167 Nov 2016

Conference

Conference2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference
Abbreviated titleIGESC
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach, Ca.
Period5/11/167/11/16

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Buchroithner, A., Ganapathi, G., Nataraj, S., & Kindler, A. (2016). Designing an autonomous power system for a stand-alone heliostat. In 2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGSEC) Proceedings IEEE Power and Energy Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGESC.2016.7790060

Designing an autonomous power system for a stand-alone heliostat. / Buchroithner, Armin; Ganapathi, Gani; Nataraj, Sai; Kindler, Andrew.

2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGSEC) Proceedings. IEEE Power and Energy Society, 2016.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

Buchroithner, A, Ganapathi, G, Nataraj, S & Kindler, A 2016, Designing an autonomous power system for a stand-alone heliostat. in 2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGSEC) Proceedings. IEEE Power and Energy Society, 2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference, Long Beach, Ca., United States, 5/11/16. https://doi.org/10.1109/IGESC.2016.7790060
Buchroithner A, Ganapathi G, Nataraj S, Kindler A. Designing an autonomous power system for a stand-alone heliostat. In 2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGSEC) Proceedings. IEEE Power and Energy Society. 2016 https://doi.org/10.1109/IGESC.2016.7790060
Buchroithner, Armin ; Ganapathi, Gani ; Nataraj, Sai ; Kindler, Andrew. / Designing an autonomous power system for a stand-alone heliostat. 2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGSEC) Proceedings. IEEE Power and Energy Society, 2016.
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