Align parabolic troughs with the angle of the sun

Align parabolic troughs with the angle of the sun

Higher efficiency unlocked by precise and reliable angle measurement

The solution

Generating peak thermal energy in parabolic trough power plants requires the troughs to be well-aligned with the constantly changing position of the sun. Balluff's inclination sensors reliably ensure precise tracking, providing an absolute position indication - even after a power failure. This eliminates the need to "home" the system after a power loss, meaning that energy production can be resumed in a shorter time.

The features

  • Detects the change in angle with respect to the horizontal
  • High accuracy over a measurement range up to 360° (one rotation)
  • Compact, robust metal housing enables simple installation
  • Absolute measuring signal eliminates the need to "home" the system to find a reference
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