On the 30th June 2011 DLR (Germany’s NASA) opened its new CeraStoreE research center which will specialize in ceramic materials and thermal energy storage… just the sort of thing you will find in receivers of solar thermal power plants!
The new CeraStoreE building was designed to be energy efficient and makes use of four architectural heliostats to provide additional light and heat which helps offset heating and electricity costs.
The heliostats are controlled by the Radiance solar tracking system which ensures the reflected light can be accurately targeted onto the building’s windows throughout the day. (Incidentally the same Radiance system has also been deployed for evaluation at DLR’s Jülich Solar Power Plant for some time).
Device Logic was on-site for the commissioning and we snapped some pictures below.
You can read more about CeraStorE and its work on ceramic materials for solar thermal power in DLR magazine, issue 127.128 [pdf]