Researchers at Maurice University have developed a revolutionary solar tracker, offering a cheaper and more manageable alternative to current models. This device promises to facilitate access to more efficient photovoltaic production.
New solar tracker
Despite their ability to significantly improve the performance of photovoltaic panels, traditional solar trackers are known for their high cost.
The new solar tracker, developed by the University of Maurice, stands out for its low price and operation independent of the electrical grid, making it ideal for solar installations.
The tracker uses a combination of electronic and mechanical components to position the solar panel optimally throughout the day. Using light sensors and an Arduino board running open source software, the device adjusts the panel’s tilt using motors that turn translation screws, thus pointing the panel toward the sun.
Portability and accessibility
This solar tracker is ideal for remote areas without access to the electrical grid. Weighing only 5.6 kg thanks to the use of materials such as aluminum, and with foldable solar panels, its portable and light design is one of its greatest strengths. In addition, the cost of its manufacture is approximately $ 200, which makes it an attractive investment that can be recovered in a few weeks, especially for large installations.
In tests conducted north of Maurice Island, the prototype proved to be 37% more efficient than a static solar panel over a 12-hour period.
Even at 5 pm, when the sunlight is weak, the panel is still producing power. The solar tracker, with a maximum capacity of 22.5 W and sun exposure of 12 hours a day, can generate up to 8.1 kWh in 30 days. In addition, its energy consumption is low, using only 0.15% of the electricity generated.