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WSN based heliostat control for a solar thermal cooking system

Publication Type : Conference Paper

Thematic Areas : Wireless Network and Application

Publisher : 2013 IEEE Energytech

Source : 2013 IEEE Energytech, 2013

Campus : Amritapuri

School : School of Engineering

Center : Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA)

Department : Wireless Networks and Applications (AWNA)

Year : 2013

Abstract : This paper proposes a wireless sensor network based heliostats control method for an industrial scale solar cooking system. Even though different designs are available they have suffered from different problems especially regarding effective tracking, high cost and convenience and other constraints such as scalability and simplicity. This paper, therefore, describes an efficient design that overcomes the earlier problems by using a highly precise astronomical calculation based approach along with wireless communication for efficient tracking of the sun which in turn reduces the overall system cost and simplicity. The proposed system uses a one tier wireless sensor network (WSN). The main feature of this work is the implementation of the highly accurate NREL algorithm, with precision timing provided by a GPS receiver within a low-cost wireless sensor network framework.

Cite this Research Publication : J. D. Freeman, Varghese, J. T., and Rekha, P., “WSN based heliostat control for a solar thermal cooking system”, in 2013 IEEE Energytech, 2013

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