Control Algorithms for Large-scale Single-axis Photovoltaic Trackers

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  • Dorian Schneider

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14311/1648

Keywords:

single-axis solar tracker, backtracking, photovoltaic, sun tracking

Abstract

The electrical yield of large-scale photovoltaic power plants can be greatly improved by employing solar trackers. While fixed-tilt superstructures are stationary and immobile, trackers move the PV-module plane in order to optimize its alignment to the sun. This paper introduces control algorithms for single-axis trackers (SAT), including a discussion for optimal alignment and backtracking. The results are used to simulate and compare the electrical yield of fixed-tilt and SAT systems. The proposed algorithms have been field tested, and are in operation in solar parks worldwide.

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Author Biography

Dorian Schneider

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Published

2012-01-05

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