Introduction.- Description and dynamic models of the plant.- Basic control schema.- Basic structures of adaptive control.- Model-based predictive control strategies.- Frequency-domain control and robust optimal control.- Heuristic fuzzy logic control.- Solar radiation, estimation and prediction.- Temperature control of solar parabolic trough plants.- Solar towers and solar tracking.- Heliostat control. Solar radiation and solar furnaces.- Summary and concluding remarks.
Control of Solar Energy Systems details the main solar energy systems, problems involved with their control, and how control systems can help in increasing their efficiency. Thermal energy systems are explored in depth, as are photovoltaic generation and other solar energy applications such as solar furnaces and solar refrigeration systems. This second and updated edition of Advanced Control of Solar Plants includes new material on: solar towers and solar tracking; heliostat calibration, characterization and offset correction; solar radiation, estimation, prediction, and computation; and integrated control of solar plants. This new edition contains worked examples in the text as well as proposed exercises and simulation models and so will be of great use to the student and academic, as well as the industrial practitioner.
There is a new author in the list: Diego Martinez who is the director of the "Plataforma Solar de Almeria", one of the most important solar energy research facilities in the world where an important part of the existing solar technology has been developed. E. F. Camacho is one of the Editor of the Control Engineering Practice Journal, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Control, Chairman of the IFAC Publication Committee, chair of the IEEE CSS International Affairs Committee, and Vice president of the European Union Control Association.
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