Monday, April 28, 2008

Objectives of Tonatiuh

As stated in the Concentrating Solar Power section of the “Solar Program Multiyear Technical Plan 2003-2007 and beyond”, many of the existing models used for the technical and economic analysis of parabolic-trough and solar tower systems need to be updated and validated. This includes models for collector optics and thermal performance, among others.

The Tonatiuh software development project is intended to improve the cost-effectiveness of solar energy technologies by advancing the state-of-the-art of the simulation tools available for the design and analysis of solar concentrating systems.

When completed, it is intended that Tonatiuh, will:

- Provide a unifying computational paradigm for the simulation and analysis of virtually any type of solar concentrating system that may be envisioned;

- Be extremely user-friendly, easy to adapt, expand and maintain; and

- Be able to take advantage and efficiently handle any computer power available to it.

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