US 9,813,022 B2
Dynamically setting a threshold output level for a solar array
Scott Benjamin Singer, Sherman Oaks, CA (US); Dimitri D. Krut, Encino, CA (US); and Nasser H. Karam, LaCanada, CA (US)
Assigned to THE BOEING COMPANY, Chicago, IL (US)
Filed by The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL (US)
Filed on Mar. 12, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/656,303.
Application 14/656,303 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/532,356, filed on Nov. 4, 2014.
Application 14/532,356 is a continuation in part of application No. 14/186,703, filed on Feb. 21, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0244316 A1, Aug. 27, 2015
Int. Cl. H01L 31/054 (2014.01); H02S 50/15 (2014.01); H02S 20/32 (2014.01)
CPC H02S 50/15 (2014.12) [H01L 31/0543 (2014.12); H01L 31/0547 (2014.12); H02S 20/32 (2014.12); Y02E 10/52 (2013.01)] 8 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
1. A method for managing a solar array, the method comprising:
measuring light using a threshold sensor to generate sensor data; and
computing a selected threshold for an electrical output generated by a plurality of solar cells in the solar array based on the sensor data using control logic in a control module,
wherein the solar array comprises:
the plurality of solar cells;
a plurality of groups of reflectors
the threshold sensor; and
the control module,
wherein the control module identifies eight selected source positions around a current light source position when the electrical output is below the selected threshold the control module,
wherein the control module calculates the angle of a reflector of the group of reflectors relative to a corresponding solar cell of the plurality of solar cells and an angle of light incident on the reflector,
wherein the control module applies a voltage determined by a voltage tilt curved stored in control module, and
wherein the voltage is applied to an actuation device associated with the reflector.