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Design, Modeling and Testing of a Standalone Single Axis Active Solar Tracker using MATLAB/Simulink

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Cheng Chin

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Abstract

This paper presents the design, modeling and testing of an active single axis solar tracker. The compactness of the proposed solar tracker enables it to be mounted onto the wall. The solar irradiance is detected by two light-dependent resistor (LDR) sensors that are located on the surface of the photovoltaic (PV) panel. The smart tracker system operates at different modes to provide flexibility to accommodate different weather conditions and preference for different users. The PV panel rotates automatically based on the sun irradiance during the day while at night; the system is in 'sleep' mode in order to reduce the energy consumption. A computer model of the standalone solar tracker system is first modeled using MATLABTM/SimulinkTM. The efficiency over the fixed solar panel, the power generated and the types of PV systems to achieve the required level of efficiency can be determined before actual implementation. The experimental testing shows some agreement with the simulation results.


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Author(s): Chin CS, McBride W

Publication type: Article

Journal: Renewable Energy

Year: 2011

Volume: 36

Issue: 11

Pages: 3075-3090

Print publication date: 01/03/2011

ISSN (print): 0960-1481

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0682

Publisher: Pergamon

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2011.03.026

DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2011.03.026


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