Dual-Axis Tracker Using Lightweight Spaceframe Structures

Case ID:
UA19-255
Invention:

This technology is a dual-axis tracker that is used in combination with a dish reflector to be used within a heliostat. The technology uses an azimuth structure that allows free vertical motion up and down the rotation axis and a full rotational motion about the axis.

 

Background:

Heliostats are commonly used within renewable energy and solar products. They are used to direct sunlight towards a predetermined target. This can allow solar products to be more effective and efficient when converting solar energy. Currently, there are a variety of heliostat products that can be purchased. It is common to see the heliostats with either a single-axis tracking system or a dual-axis tracking system. Some issues that individuals are faced with are misalignment and being efficient. The proposed technology is a dual-axis tracking system that uses an azimuth structure. The proposed technology offers an improved material use efficiency and a large range for rotation. With the proposed technology structure and design, it limits the potential level of damages that could occur due to the environment. The proposed technology is able to maintain its structure and reduce the spillage of the sunlight.

 

Applications:

  • A part of a dish reflector to be used within a heliostat 


Advantages:

  • Efficient
  • Cheaper
  • Minimizes field installation
  • Minimizes environmental damage
Patent Information:
Contact For More Information:
Kennedy Nyairo
Sr. Licensing Manager, Optical Sciences
The University of Arizona
knyairo@email.arizona.edu
Lead Inventor(s):
James Angel
Nicholas Didato
Ryker Eads
Matthew Rademacher
Nicholas Emerson
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