Category Control of Solar Energy Systems

Preface

During the last 30 years, considerable research effort has been devoted to improve the efficiency of solar power plants from the control and optimization viewpoint. This book presents techniques to model and control solar energy systems. The book contains results obtained in several solar plants located at the Plataforma Solar de Almerfa (PSA), South-East Spain, which is the largest European center for research, development and testing of concentrating solar technologies.

The book is mainly aimed at practitioners, both from the solar energy community and the control engineering community, although it can be followed by a wide range of readers, as only basic knowledge of control theory and sampled data systems is required.

The book is organized as follows: Chap...

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Series Editors’ Foreword

The series Advances in Industrial Control aims to report and encourage technol­ogy transfer in control engineering. The rapid development of control technology has an impact on all areas of the control discipline. New theory, new controllers, actuators, sensors, new industrial processes, computer methods, new applications, new philosophies, …, new challenges. Much of this development work resides in industrial reports, feasibility study papers and the reports of advanced collaborative projects. The series offers an opportunity for researchers to present an extended ex­position of such new work in all aspects of industrial control for wider and rapid dissemination.

Concerns about energy independence, CO2 emissions and climate change and the engineering risks associated with nuclear power ...

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