Research on the annual average thermal power of heliostat field in tower solar energy


  • Tian Luan
  • Hongbo Wang
  • Jinxia Ren
  • Yujie Ren
  • Hao Su



Heliostat Field, Mesh Subdivision, Specular Reflection, Ray Tracing.


The concentrating mirror field is a concentrating and heat collecting subsystem in the tower solar thermal power station, and its optical performance directly affects the solar energy utilization efficiency of the power station. In this paper, the coordinate system of heliostat field and single heliostat is established, and the grid division technology is introduced to describe its reflection effect on sunlight and its occlusion. In this paper, the shadow occlusion loss that affects the optical efficiency is divided into three parts, including incident light occlusion loss, reflected light occlusion loss and absorption tower shadow occlusion loss. For any time, the output power of the heliostat near the solar direction is small, while the output power of the heliostat far away from the solar direction is large. Compared with other influencing factors, the cosine loss has the greatest influence on the heliostat field, and the center of the absorption tower installed in the circular heliostat field is obtained. The size of the heliostat is a square with a side length of 6m, the installation height is 4m, and the annual average optical efficiency is 0.6216 when the position of the heliostat is determined. The annual average output thermal power is 36.3958 MW, and the annual average output thermal power per unit mirror area is 0.5794 .


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How to Cite

Luan, T., Wang, H., Ren, J., Ren, Y., & Su, H. (2024). Research on the annual average thermal power of heliostat field in tower solar energy. Highlights in Science, Engineering and Technology, 104, 161-169.