The world is struggling through the slow but unstoppable extinction of its power resources- fossil fuels yet it is still not utilizing the vast pool of renewable energy– solar energy and is largely unaware of its various facets. While you may be aware of what are solar panels and their basic working dynamics, the type of mount they are placed on play a huge role in the percentage of energy they can produce.
In terms of the radius of their movements, there are two types of solar mounts:
Stationary mounts– These hold the solar PV module in a fixed position. This acts as a disadvantage on days when the Sun is not in the desired angle and thus, the solar panels are not properly charged.
Solar tracking Mounts– They are a far more advanced technology for mounting solar panels. As the solar trackers automatically move to “track” the sun’s shift in position and adjust the position of the solar panels, ensuring maximum energy output.
Where are solar trackers used?
They are typically used for solar panels which are ground-mounted and large, free-standing solar installations like solar trees. Residential solar projects mostly don’t employ them as they are built for large scale consumption, like in the utility-scale and commercial/industrial solar market.
There are two types of solar tracking systems: single-axis and dual-axis.
A single-axis tracker- This tracks the movement of the Sun as it rises and sets, i.e., from east to west as the panels are aligned along a north-to-south axis of movement.
A dual-axis tracker: Here the solar panels can move on two axes- north to south and east to west. This tracker is better than the single-axis tracker as it is more susceptible to the Sun’s rotation and position in the sky as well changes in the same due to seasonal variations.
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