Solar dishes allow us to obtain highly concentrated solar fluxes used to produce electricity or feed thermal processes/storage. For practical reasons, the reflecting surface is composed by a number of facets. After the dish assembly, facet-canting is an important task for improving the concentration of solar radiation around the focus-point, as well as the capture ratio at the receiver placed there. Finally, flux profile should be measured or evaluated to verify the concentration quality. All these tasks can be achieved by the new tool we developed at ENEA, named VISdish. The instrument is based on the visual inspection system (VIS) approach and can work in two functionalities: canting and shape-measurement. The shape data are entered in a simulation software for evaluating the flux profile and concentration quality. With respect to prior methods, VISdish offers several advantages: (i) simpler data processing, because light point-source and its reflections are univocally related, (ii) higher accuracy. The instrument functionality is illustrated through the preliminary experimental results obtained on the dish recently installed in ENEA-Casaccia in the framework of the E.U. project OMSoP.
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Montecchi, M., Cara, G., & Benedetti, A. (2017). VISdish: A new tool for canting and shape-measuring solar-dish facets. Review of Scientific Instruments, 88(6), -. . https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4984944