Software tools for optical design of solar plants

Year: 2014

Authors: Fontani D., Sansoni P., Francini F., Sani E., Mercatelli L., Jafrancesco D.

Autors Affiliation: CNR-INO National Institute of Optics, Largo E. Fermi 6, Firenze 50125, Italy

Abstract: Considering the optical point of view, software procedures are studied to facilitate the simulation of heliostats fields, which are typically employed in Concentrating Solar Power plants. The analysis of heliostats field behavior is simplified exploiting the possibility of interfacing optical design codes with programming systems. Integrated software tools can guide the system analysis from the optical point of view, manage the large data amount and extract the critical parameters. Some software tools are addressed to solve specific problems and to evidence particularly crucial features.

Conference title: 2014 Fotonica AEIT Italian Conference on Photonics Technologies
Place: Naples, Italy, May 12-14, 2014

KeyWords: Optical design; Solar power plants, Concentrating solar power plant; Heliostats fields; Integrated software; Large data; Programming system; Software Procedure; Solar plant; Specific problems, Computer software
DOI: 10.1109/Fotonica.2014.6843909