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Sensors 2016, 16(6), 882;

Mechatronic Prototype of Parabolic Solar Tracker

Sensors and Actuators Group, Department of Construction Technology, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid 28040, Spain
Professional Institution Salesiana, Salesianos Carabanchel, Madrid 28044, Spain
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Academic Editor: Gonzalo Pajares Martinsanz
Received: 31 March 2016 / Revised: 9 May 2016 / Accepted: 7 June 2016 / Published: 15 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2015)
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In the last 30 years numerous attempts have been made to improve the efficiency of the parabolic collectors in the electric power production, although most of the studies have focused on the industrial production of thermoelectric power. This research focuses on the application of this concentrating solar thermal power in the unexplored field of building construction. To that end, a mechatronic prototype of a hybrid paraboloidal and cylindrical-parabolic tracker based on the Arduido technology has been designed. The prototype is able to measure meteorological data autonomously in order to quantify the energy potential of any location. In this way, it is possible to reliably model real commercial equipment behavior before its deployment in buildings and single family houses. View Full-Text
Keywords: energetic simulation; concentrating solar thermal power; architectural integration; mechatronic solar tracker; parabolic; infrared thermography energetic simulation; concentrating solar thermal power; architectural integration; mechatronic solar tracker; parabolic; infrared thermography

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Morón, C.; Díaz, J.P.; Ferrández, D.; Ramos, M.P. Mechatronic Prototype of Parabolic Solar Tracker. Sensors 2016, 16, 882.

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