Now is available the scientific publication "High-Temperature Monitoring in Central Receiver Concentrating Solar Power Plants with Femtosecond-Laser Inscribed FBG", developed under the project activities EFECTO.
This work deals with the application of femtosecond-laser-inscribed fiber Bragg gratings (FsFBGs) for monitoring the internal high-temperature surface distribution (HTSD) in solar receivers of concentrating solar power (CSP) plants. The fiber-optic sensor system is composed of 12 FsFBGs measuring points distributed on an area of 0.4 m2, which leads to obtain the temperature map at the receiver by means of two-dimensional interpolation. An analysis of the FsFBG performance in harsh environment was also conducted. It describes the influence of calibration functions in high-temperature measurements, determines a required 10 nm spectral interval for measuring temperatures in the range from 0 to 700 ◦C, and reveals wavelength peak tolerances in the FsFBG fabrication process. Results demonstrate the viability and reliability of this measuring technique, with temperature measurements up to 566 ◦C.