Ray-Tracing software tools have been widely used in the optical design of solar concentrating collectors. In spite of the ability of these tools to assess the geometrical and material aspects impacting the optical performance of concentrators, their use in combination with experimental measurements in the framework of collector testing procedures as not been implemented, to the date, in none of the current solar collector testing standards. In the latest revision of ISO9806 an effort was made to include linear focusing concentrating collectors but some practical and theoretical difficulties emerged. A Ray-Tracing analysis could provide important contributions to overcome these issues, complementing the experimental results obtained through thermal testing and allowing the achievement of more thorough testing outputs with lower experimental requirements. In order to evaluate different available software tools a comparison study was conducted. Taking as representative technologies for line-focus concentrators the Parabolic Trough Collector and the Linear Fresnel Reflector Collector, two exemplary cases with predefined conditions – geometry, sun model and material properties – were simulated with different software tools. This work was carried out within IEA/SHC Task 49 “Solar Heat Integration in Industrial Processes”.
Ray-tracing software comparison for linear focusing solar collectors
Tiago Osório, Pedro Horta, Marco Larcher, Ramón Pujol-Nadal, Julian Hertel, De Wet van Rooyen, Anna Heimsath, Simon Schneider, Daniel Benitez, Antoine Frein, Alice Denarie; Ray-tracing software comparison for linear focusing solar collectors. AIP Conf. Proc. 31 May 2016; 1734 (1): 020017. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4949041
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