Design and performance evaluation of a solar tracking panel of single axis in Colombia

Hernando González-Acevedo, Yecid Muñoz-Maldonado, Adalberto Ospino-Castro, Julian Serrano, Anthony Atencio, Cristian Jaimes Saavedra

Abstract


This paper presents the mechanical design of a single axis solar tracking system, as well as the electronic design of a system that to record in real time the electric power delivered by the solar tracker and to evaluate its performance. The interface was developed in Labview and it compares the power supplied by the tracker with the power supplied by static solar panel of the same characteristics. The performance is initially simulated using Pv-Syst software, and later validated with the data obtained by the interface. As a result, the use of the solar tracker increases the power delivered by a minimum of 19%, and it can go as high as 47.84%, with an average in increase in power of 19.5% in the monthly energy production. This experimental result was compared with the simulation by Pv-Syst software and shows a difference of only 2.5%, thus validating the reliability of the simulation. This behavior pattern coincides with previous studies carried out for equatorial latitudes.

Keywords


energy efficiency; photovoltaic panel; power generation plant; Pv-syst software; solar tracker;



DOI: http://doi.org/10.11591/ijece.v11i4.pp%25p
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International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE)
p-ISSN 2088-8708, e-ISSN 2722-2578