Optimal Control of Sun Tracking Solar Concentrators

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R. O. Hughes

Control and Energy Conversion Division, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 101(2), 157-161 (Jun 01, 1979) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3426414 History: Received March 23, 1979; Online July 13, 2010


Using the disciplines of Modern Control Theory, an optimal tracking control for a point focusing solar concentrator is derived. By converting the tracking problem into a regulator problem with a sun rate input a very low pointing error is achieved. A representative example with a corresponding computer simulation is presented.

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