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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 712590, 7 pages
Research Article

An Automatic High Efficient Method for Dish Concentrator Alignment

1College of Computer Science, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310014, China
2Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Laboratory for Neurophysiology, Leiden University Medical Center, 2300 RC, The Netherlands
3Solarversal Technology, Hangzhou 310014, China

Received 13 February 2014; Revised 16 June 2014; Accepted 17 June 2014; Published 24 July 2014

Academic Editor: Carlo Cosentino

Copyright © 2014 Yong Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Alignment of dish concentrator is a key factor to the performance of solar energy system. We propose a new method for the alignment of faceted solar dish concentrator. The isosceles triangle configuration of facet’s footholds determines a fixed relation between light spot displacements and foothold movements, which allows an automatic determination of the amount of adjustments. Tests on a 25 kW Stirling Energy System dish concentrator verify the feasibility, accuracy, and efficiency of our method.