The urge to phase out nuclear and fossil electricity generation has led to significant advancements in the field of renewable energies. Parabolic dish concentrators and heliostats are used to focus sunlight on a receiver and generate heat, which is then transformed into electricity using a steam turbine. This system is an alternative to photovoltaic arrays, allowing easy and cost-effective thermal energy storage. The goal of this project is the analysis and design of a heliostat tracking system involving a rope/pulley system and winches as well as a special kinematic joint with an integrated positioning measurement system.
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