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Applied Solar Energy

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 74–80 | Cite as

Improving the dual-axis solar tracking system efficiency via drive power consumption optimization

  • Yougeshwarsingh Rambhowan
  • Vishwamitra OreeEmail author
Solar Power Plants and Their Application

Abstract

A major drawback with active dual-axis solar tracking systems is that the power used by the driving mechanism is often drawn from the output power of the solar panel itself. The net energy gain of the photo-voltaic panel is therefore less than its maximum value. This work presents a novel design which uses a three-fold strategy to minimize the power consumed by the tracking mechanism whilst maintaining the power out-put of the photovoltaic panel near its optimal value. The results reveal that the improved tracking system has a significant energy gain of about 43.6% as compared to a fixed photovoltaic panel. Experiments further show that an increase of 1.6% in energy output is achieved over conventional precise dual-axis tracking system.

Keywords

Azimuth Angle Solar Panel Apply Solar Energy Fixed Panel Photovoltaic Panel 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MauritiusReduitMauritius

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