Improved Method to Measure Glare and Reflected Solar Irradiance.
Sandia has developed a significantly cheaper, more efficient, and more accurate method of measuring the irradiance from solar reflections using a digital camera.
Measurements of reflected solar irradiance is of great importance to industry, military, and government agencies to assess potential impacts of glint and glare from growing numbers of solar power installations around the world.
In addition, this measurement technique can be used to monitor and maintain system performance for concentrating solar power applications.
Concentrating solar power (CSP) uses arrays of mirrors to concentrate large amounts of heat by focusing sunlight from a large field into a much smaller area.
A recent overhaul of the DOE