Harnessing the Power of the Sun with ANSYS
NEM Energy used ANSYS extensively in designing heliostats, which are large mirrors that track and reflect the sun for power generation. As stiffness is a critical parameter for reflected sunlight, ray tracing analysis is a must. ANSYS is used to export the reflective surfaces that are the basis for such a ray tracing analysis. In the end, this is used to determine the effectiveness of the heliostat designs and the optimal performance-to-cost ratio can be found.