The James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility at Valparaiso University will concentrate energy from the sun into a reactor containing unprocessed materials. The concentrated light causes a reaction to occur, turning unprocessed materials into alternative energy products. Accurate placement of the reactor at the focal point of the concentrator is necessary to allow the maximum amount of solar energy to enter the reactor. The Reactor Table was designed and built by Valparaiso University students and faculty. The table controls the placement of the reactor at the focal point of the concentrator quickly and easily by using a computer located in the safety of the Control Room. The operator can control the X, Y, and Z directions of the table to achieve the optimal placement of the reactor with an accuracy of ±0.5 mm.
Baum, Chris; Saylor, Zach; and Schiller, Andrew, "The Design and Manufacturing of the Solar Furnace Reactor Table" (2012). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 188.