Heliostat Consortium: Gap Analysis on Wind Load for Achieving a Fully Competitive Heliostat Industry





Aerodynamic Coefficients, Turbulent Flow Field, Structural Dynamics, Heliostat Wind Load


The Heliostat Consortium (HelioCon) Wind Load Subtask was initiated with the aim of bringing research work pertaining to wind load measurement, characterization, and prediction taking place across several tasks, including Advanced Manufacturing, Components and Controls, and Field Deployment. The cross-cutting wind load subtopic in the HelioCon roadmap report [1] highlighted standardized methods and tools that are needed for a more detailed understanding of the static and dynamic loads on a heliostat. This will enable cost reduction of wind-dependent heliostat components to avoid unnecessarily conservative, overly constrained designs and increase field efficiency/reliability, to reduce the risk of component failures due to high-wind events (>15 m/s). Gaps related to heliostat wind load include site characterization for wind measurements, critical load cases for heliostat design, turbulence impacts on heliostat tracking error, testing of heliostat array configurations, understanding spatial variation of maximum loads across the solar field, and heliostat field layout and operating strategies. The recommended highest-priority pathway as first steps taken by HelioCon to address these gaps are to develop site characterization guidelines for heliostat design and field load measurements.


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Emes, M., Yellapantula, S., Sment, J., Armijo, K., Muller, M., Mehos, M., … Arjomandi, M. (2024). Heliostat Consortium: Gap Analysis on Wind Load for Achieving a Fully Competitive Heliostat Industry. SolarPACES Conference Proceedings, 1. https://doi.org/10.52825/solarpaces.v1i.726

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