solar tracker Articles

  • Solar PV Carousel Trackers for Building Flat Rooftops

    ABSTRACT Herein, a SunTrack Carousel tracker is described for mounting on residential or commercial building flat rooftops in order to produce more k\Vh per kW relative to fixed PV modules. The JX Crystals (JXC) fixed-tilt / azimuth carousel is a low profile tracker designed to distribute weight evenly over a large area and for low wind resistance on the roof. Multiple JXC SunTrack Carousels ...


    By JX Crystals

  • Performance of grid connected inverter with maximum power point tracker and power factor control

    Detailed analysis, simulation and hardware results of grid connected inverter with maximum power point tracker and power factor control in Malaysian climate are presented. A six-switch topology inverter with symmetrical pulse width modulation (PWM) switching technique is used. A low-pass filter is incorporated in the circuit to filter out unwanted harmonics and produce a sinusoidal AC current. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Hybrid Solar/Wind plant in Madagascar

    Distinguished among the winners of the Sunidarity initiative, the World Energy Foundation announced Thursday that it had installed in the extreme south of Madagascar a concentration photovoltaic equipment (CPV) provided by Soitec, one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of global CPV systems. Called Plug & Sun, this equipment allows an autonomous solar-electric generation in areas ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Mathie Residence Solar Installation Case Study

    Project Overview: Owner and CEO of Patriot Solar Group, Jeff Mathie, had a solar installment completed at his home near Duck Lake in Central Michigan. The installment complies with Consumers Energys’ Experimental Advanced Renewable Program (EARP). The program allows residential and commercial customers to build solar arrays to offset their energy consumption and sell excess power back to ...


    By Patriot Solar Group

  • Concentrated solar thermal power a good fit for Jordan

    Jordanian officials to discuss role solar can play in their developing energy mix at MENASOL 2013 (14-15 May, Dubai). According to the CSP Today Global Tracker, the use of CSP in Jordan is currently under investigation, “while the country is busy implementing reliable low-cost supply of energy using large, conventional and centrally-located power plants and developing its interconnection ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • How solar is transforming an old mining town

    You hike over the crest of the hill and there it is: 96 sun-tracking solar masts, each with 42 solar modules — 4,032 modules in all — perched on the side of a hill with the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the background. It’s called the SunMine project and it’s all part of the reinvention of Kimberley, B.C., from mining town to a clean tech, tourism town of the ...


    By Green Energy Futures

  • CSP Solar Tower Report: Cost, Performance & Key Trends 2013

    Plan, measure and optimize your involvement and profitability in Solar Tower CSP by utilizing the most up-to-date, comprehensive and hard to access cost and performance data. With Solar Tower’s growing market share set to alter the CSP technological landscape and claims that it could represent CSP’s most viable route towards grid-parity mounting, the eyes of the industry are ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Solar Tower Report 2014:Cost, Performance and Thermal Storage

    'Strategically plan your commercial trajectory and optimize profitability in the increasingly internationalized solar tower market' About this report: Through industry-validated cost information, localized techno-economic analysis and inter-market benchmarking, this report brings unprecedented clarity on solar tower technology across eight global markets, enabling you to separate the fact from ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Near Term Lower Cost Solar Electric Power for US Commercial Customers

    Market Opportunities The first market for PV electric power panels was for space satellites. While the single crystal cells used in these panels made these panels very expensive, this was unimportant for that market. That market emphasized reliability, not cost. As these panels came down to earth for off-grid remote applications, again the emphasis was on reliability and low maintenance, not ...


    By JX Crystals

  • Measuring of the Sunshine Duration

    The WMO (World Meteorological Organization) defines the Sunshine Duration as the time during which the direct solar radiation exceeds the level of 120 W/m2.   The DeltaOHM sensor LPSD18, performs the measure of radiation with an array of photodiodes arranged in a particular geometry which allows to obtain an accurate measurement in any ...


    By Delta OHM S.r.L.

  • South Africa Update – DOE confirms players for Window 3.5

    After months of waiting, South Africa’s Department of Energy has finally announced the financial close of Window 3 and the preferred bidders for Window 3.5. By Jenny Muirhead The DOE released ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Wave of CSP activity across the MENA region

    Looking beyond Saudi Arabia, the CSP Today Global Tracker highlighted a number of updates made this week that demonstrate the progression of the concentrated solar power industry in MENA. While attention has focused heavily on the Saudi Arabian solar opportunity, it should not be forgotten that there are a number of pipelines now opening for CSP companies in the Middle East.  The ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Palen – a look back in time

    Over the past year we have documented the trials and tribulations of 500 MW Palen project as developers fought to achieve the necessary permitting that would allow grid synchronization by 2016.   By Jenny Muirhead   After a number of setbacks it looked like the developers were finally on track. However, ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Start-up of first 100 kw system in Shanghai with 3-sun PV Mirror modules

    ABSTRACT Thanks to funding from the Shanghai City government, Shanghai Import Export Trading Company, and Shanghai Flower Port, we have designed and fabricated in pilot production the first 3-sun 180 W (STC) mirror panels. Three of these panels were first tested in the US showing calibrated PTC ratings of 150 W. Then 24 panels were installed on two 2-axis trackers at the Flower Port in ...


    By JX Crystals

  • Saudi Arabia doubles its project pipeline capacity in Q3

    The third quarter of 2014 saw Saudi Arabia double its CSP project pipeline capacity with the request from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) that a 50 MW CSP plant be included within the 1 GW Waad Al-Shamal shale gas project in Tarif.  Currently the market boosts a 50 MW announced capacity with the Waad Al Shamal Power Plant and 50 MW project in development with Duba 1.  The latest ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Parabolic Trough Report 2014: cost, performance and thermal storage

    'Strategically plan your commercial trajectory and optimize profitability in the increasingly internationalized parabolic trough market. About this report: Critical Market Specific Cost Data: Receive the most up-to-date, industry validated cost data breakdowns from CAPEX to OPEX in defined optimal parabolic trough plants across 8 markets (Chile, India, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Designing renewable contracts that value CSP storage

    As California ramps up its storage requirements, it has not included Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with integrated energy storage. Instead it is testing pilot projects using batteries at utility-scale, even though it must be obvious to bean counters at utilities ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • PV Balance of Systems holds the key to grid parity in the US

    PV Insider reveals the importance of Balance of Systems (BoS) for lowering LCOE and maximizing performance in 2012 In 2011 the solar PV industry in the United States installed 1.86GW of photovoltaic systems and is expected to install a full gigawatt more in 2012, totalling a massive 2.8GW. Simultaneously, prices have also continued to decline since 2009. Average module prices have fallen nearly ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 2013: An important year for CSP in the United States

    Last week the CSP Today Global Tracker revealed that between now and early 2014 the total generation capacity of concentrated solar power in the United States will increase by more than 120%. Currently, 571.16MW of CSP capacity has been commissioned in the United States, but with five large-scale projects scheduled for completion in 2013-14 this capacity is set to increase by 120%, a further ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Some surprising facts about Ivanpah

    Ivanpah, the world’s largest power tower CSP project, seems to attract a lot of controversy. Along with that, it brings up concerns about its operations. CSP Today has received some interesting questions amounting to ‘Has something gone wrong? Is Ivanpah not really working?’ By Susan Kraemer In such novel technology built at such ...


    By FCBI Energy

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