Bird Friendly Heliostat

Stopping a megawatt wind turbine on a dime to save a bird might introduce structural issues.

That isn't the case with solar thermal. Radar or sonar can track each bird as it passes through the farm feeding information into a controller. Each mirror would only be diverted from the boiler for a fraction of a second.

Only the offending mirrors need to be moved to allow a bird to pass that movement only needs to be a minimum angle, just enough to de focus the heat.

This is a really cool engineering problem. They probably would not even need to beef up the motors since it's such a log distance from the mirrors to the boiler.

Bret Cahill

Reply to
Loading thread data ...

PolyTech Forum website is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.