Tracking Solar Concentrators

A Low Budget Solution

  • Zafrullah Jagoo

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Energy book series (BRIEFSENERGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Zafrullah Jagoo
    Pages 1-3
  3. Zafrullah Jagoo
    Pages 5-15
  4. Zafrullah Jagoo
    Pages 17-47
  5. Zafrullah Jagoo
    Pages 49-61
  6. Zafrullah Jagoo
    Pages 63-75
  7. Zafrullah Jagoo
    Pages 77-79
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 81-99

About this book

Introduction

Harnessing a multitude of complementary green energy sources is the only plausible way to satisfy the energy demands of a greedy global economy. The potential of solar energy (being the most abundant) in fulfilling part of the energy requirements of mankind is immense and constitutes the focal point of this book. A self-powered solar tracker that points directly towards the sun by means of an integrated control mechanism with two degrees of rotational freedom was studied and developed. The electro-mechanical control system is based on a precisely-timed microcontroller circuit that first computes the altitude and azimuth of the sun in real-time and then drives a pair of stepper motors that steer the solar tracker towards it. A locally built fibre-glass parabolic dish, the surface of which is lined with a reflective vinyl mirror film, serves to concentrate solar rays on its surface.

Keywords

Low Cost Solar Tracker Parabolic Concentrator Solar Concentrator Solar Energy Solar Tracker

Authors and affiliations

  • Zafrullah Jagoo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of MauritiusRéduitMauritius

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6104-9
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Energy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6103-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6104-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-5520
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5539
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