A New Reflected Target Optical Assessment System

Stage 1 Development Results





Heliostat Optics, Measurement, Slope, Canting, Deflectometry, Photogrammetry, Computer Vision, Concentrating Solar Power


NREL has completed stage 1 development of an indoor optical measurement tool for fully assembled heliostats and single facets. This tool began as an indoor version of NREL’s outdoor Non-Intrusive Optical (NIO) measurement technique [1]. It uses similar techniques to other available tools (deflectometry, photogrammetry, etc.), but is designed to require very little infrastructure, labor, and time to set up and collect surface slope and canting measurements, making it a valuable tool for quality assurance and laboratory measurement of heliostat optics. It accomplishes this by using computer vision, photogrammetry, and multiple images stitched together to minimize the printed target size and required setup precision. This adaptable setup is useful for taking measurements at a variety of heliostat pointing angles, and for measuring fully assembled heliostats on the assembly line. In this paper, we describe the methodology behind the measurement system, present an initial analysis of its uncertainty and sensitivity, and compare it with established optical measurement systems.


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How to Cite

Kesseli, D., Keshiro, M., Mitchell, R., & Zhu, G. (2023). A New Reflected Target Optical Assessment System: Stage 1 Development Results. SolarPACES Conference Proceedings, 1. https://doi.org/10.52825/solarpaces.v1i.618

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