Adaptive Control of Solar Energy Collector Systems by João M. Lemos, Rui Neves-Silva, José M. Igreja (auth.)

By João M. Lemos, Rui Neves-Silva, José M. Igreja (auth.)

This publication describes tools for adaptive regulate of distributed-collector sunlight fields: crops that acquire solar power and bring it in thermal shape. Controller layout tools are awarded which may triumph over problems present in those form of plants:

  • they are distributed-parameter platforms, i.e., platforms with dynamics that rely on area in addition to time;
  • their dynamics is nonlinear, with a bilinear structure;
  • there is an important point of uncertainty in plant knowledge.

Adaptive tools shape the point of interest of the textual content end result of the measure of uncertainty within the wisdom of plant dynamics. elements of the textual content are dedicated to layout equipment that suppose just a very constrained wisdom concerning the plant. different components aspect equipment that depend on wisdom of the dominant plant constitution. those equipment are extra plant particular, yet let the advance of performance.

Adaptive regulate of solar power Collector Systems demonstrates the dynamics of sun fields to be wealthy sufficient to provide a problem to the keep an eye on dressmaker whereas, whilst, uncomplicated adequate to permit analytic paintings to be performed, supplying case reports on dynamics and nonlinear keep an eye on layout in an easy and revealing, yet nontrivial way.

The keep watch over methods taken care of during this monograph will be generalized to use to different crops modelled by way of hyperbolic partial differential equations, specifically procedure crops during which shipping phenomena ensue, crops like dryers, steam super-heaters or even street traffic.

An very important instance, used again and again in the course of the textual content, is a distributed-collector sun box put in at Plataforma sunlight de Almeria, situated in southern Spain. The regulate algorithms specified by the textual content are illustrated with experimental effects generated from this plant.

Although the first concentration of this monograph is solar power collector, the variety of alternative platforms that can enjoy the tools defined will make it of curiosity to manage engineers operating in lots of industries in addition to to educational regulate researchers attracted to adaptive keep watch over and its applications.

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As shown in Fig. 8, let the points be located at z = 0, z = αz, . . , z = nαz, where n is the total number of points in the grid. For i = 1, . . , n, the state variable xi (t) is defined as the fluid temperature at position iαz, according to ∗ xi (t) = T (iαz, t). 14) Using this definition, and approximating the partial derivative with respect to z using backward finite differences, by ∂ T (z, t) − T (z − αz, t) T (z, t) ≈ . 5) is approximated by the set of ordinary differential equations, for i = 2, .

The manipulated variable is fluid flow and the main disturbances are incoming solar radiation, ambient temperature and inlet fluid temperature. The main control objective consists of adjusting the fluid flow to keep the outlet fluid temperature close to the desired reference. Due to the levels of uncertainty involved, performance may be improved using adaptive control. However, since DCSF are nonlinear plants (actually of bilinear type) the controller design should rely on nonlinear models. References Arahal M, Berenguel M, Camacho E (1998) Neural identification applied to predictive control of a solar plant.

15) controls the average temperature T¯ of the fluid leaving the collector loops and includes the feedforward actions as explained above. Its manipulated variable is the fluid flow command. The outer loop (associated with controller C2 ) uses as manipulated variable, the temperature set-point of the inner-loop (denoted u 2 in Fig. 15) and as the process variable to be controlled, the fluid temperature at the inlet to the storage tank. In-between the end of the collector loops and the storage tank there is a pipe that collects heated fluid from the collector loops and transports it to the storage tank.

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