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Fuzzy logic control of a solar power plant

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3 Author(s)
Rubio, F.R. ; Dept. de Ingenieria de Sistemas y Autom., Seville Univ., Spain ; Berenguel, M. ; Camacho, E.F.

This paper presents an application of fuzzy logic control to the distributed collector field of a solar power plant. The major characteristic of a solar power plant is that the primary energy source, solar radiation, cannot be manipulated. Solar radiation varies throughout the day, causing changes in plant dynamics and strong perturbations in the process. A special subclass of fuzzy inference systems, the TP (triangular partition) and TPE (triangular partition with evenly spaced midpoints) systems, is used to obtain adequate control signals in the whole range of possible operating conditions. The fuzzy logic controller has been tested in the real plant and results obtained are shown. A comparison with other control approaches widely used in the plant is performed using a nonlinear computer model of the field

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Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 4 )