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Aim of the project is the development of an innovative controlling concept for a modular parabolic trough power plant.

Picture of the parabolic trough power plant

Ein Foto der Parabolrinne nach dem Zusammenbau in Österreich. Der Prototyp steht nun in der Sahelzone, die Messergebnisse werden in einer Datenbank gespeichert und sind über eine Weboberfläche auch von Österreich aus einsehbar.Screenshot ParabolControl - MeasurementsThe parabolic trough power plant consists of several components that provide data. A web interface allows the inquiry of data and reports. Data can be retrieved directly at the parabolic trough or at Austria via VPN. Besides the access to the established data, also the controlling of the parabolic trough can take place manually over the web interface.

The computer network of the parabolic trough is construed, so it can be used as information junction at the same time.Im ProjektParabol wurde eine Parbaol-Rinnen-Anlage geplant und umgesetzt, wobei wir die Ansteuerung über das Netzwerk sowie das Datenbankmodell realisiert haben. The individual modules can be connected over Ethernet. Module groups can furthermore be connected to power plant cluster over wireless LAN. The interfaces are designed that the information junction can offer access to the Internet for neighbouring regions, e.g. over wireless LAN.

The project was initiated by Weltaare GmbH. In cooperation with Hammerschmid Maschinenbau, ATV Elektronik, Volke and X-Net Services a demonstration object was developed and tested. The parabolic trough power plant contains innovative components like the controlling of the trough gradient, the driver concept or the controlling Screenshot ParabolControl - Diagrammof the cleaning system of the parabolic trough as well as the corresponding sensor technologies and the controlling to ensure the emergent performance of the power plant.