What is this app about?
Solar trackers automatically orient their panels towards the sun in order to maximize the amount of gathered energy. These panels could be
- photovoltaic panels
- other optical devices
Solar trackers dynamically track the position of the sun across the sky during the day. They are in particular used for applications that require a high degree of tracking accuracy like
- concentrated photovoltaic systems (CPV)
- concentrated power systems (CSP)
The supporting system can either have a single tracking axis (horizontal or vertical) or two tracking axes (horizontal and vertical). With this app, professionals working in the field of solar tracker design and development can perform a preliminary structural calculation of a solar tracker.
After setting the geometrical parameters
- panel width
- panel height
- ground clearance
- wind velocity
- field factor
safety factors concerning
- wind load
- dead load
and others (e.g. module weight, steel grade), the app optimizes the steel structure weight, outputs the maximum forces and moments acting on the drives and also generates a bill of material for the steel structure.