A novel open-source master-slave heliostat array for use as an experimental platform and solar power applications

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In this work we outline the basic design of a new heliostat array made with easily accessible components (used bicycle, automotive, plumbing hardware, and open-source electronics.) The system forms the base apparatus for scientific experiments in solar energy such as high-temperature solar ovens, industrial solar hot water heaters, concentrating PV power, to name a few. The system uses a novel mechanical design, a home built solid state relay, and a simple but accurate hybrid (active-absolute) solar tracking system. This system also has potential commercial use in mini-micro businesses.

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Evans, R., & Sanchez-Garcia, A. (2014). A novel open-source master-slave heliostat array for use as an experimental platform and solar power applications. In Energy Procedia (Vol. 57, pp. 2080–2089). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.10.173

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