A multidisciplinary project with the aim of developing and validate a new technique based on geometric optics and computer vision techniques to determine, in a reasonable time and with precision, alignment errors in heliostats to improve the efficiency of concentrating solar power tower plants

Latest News

  • New article publication
    VISHELIO team publishes a new article in Renewable Energy journal. The work, entitled Canting heliostats with computer vision and theoretical imaging, summarizes the main findings and developments of VISHELIO project. The article is open-access at:
  • We participated in the “Semana de la ciencia” program
    On November 4th, we received a group from “Siglo XXI” high school where we gave an introduction to concentrating solar power and optical techniques. After that, the students visited our testbed where we run a practical demonstration of the detection […]
  • New round of field tests at Plataforma Solar de Almería
    We visited again the biggest centre for research, development and testing in Europe devoted to concentrated solar energy technologies. This time, we spent a whole week working on canting heliostats using our technique and the preliminary results seemed promising. Now […]
  • Communications accepted in Solar Paces 2021
    We are proud to announce that we got three communications accepted in Solar Paces. One of them as an oral session and two more as posters. Quantification of Canting Errors: Technique Combining Camera Vision with Theoretical (Oral presentation) Detecting the […]
  • First tests at Plataforma Solar de Almería
    We have been to an actual thermosolar plant for a first approach towards the upcoming real-world tests in the VISHELIO project. We were able to select a suitable testing place with two full-fledged heliostats that suited the project’s needs. On […]

This work has been supported by the Madrid Government (Comunidad de Madrid) under the Multiannual Agreement with UC3M in the line of “Fostering Young Doctors Research” (VISHELIO-CM-UC3M), and in the context of the V PRICIT (Regional Programme of Research and Technological Innovation.