New Release of SolTrace Software a Powerful Optical Modeling Tool
July 19, 2011
Over the years, as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has needed to model solar optical systems that have become more and more complex, it found that existing computer modeling tools were inadequate. So the laboratory developed SolTrace, a software program that uses a code that employs Monte Carlo ray-tracing methodology to model concentrating solar power (CSP) systems and analyze these systems’ performance. Although ideally suited for solar applications, the code can also be used to model and characterize general optical systems.