To improve the solar energy utilization in the photovoltaic power, the sun ray double axis tracking device is designed and its tracking method is introduced. Using the finite element method, the parameterized analysis model is built and the static calculation is performed in different conditions for the device. The design feasibility of the device is verified by evaluating the stress. The lightweight of the device is made on the premise that the design satisfies the intensity and this provides the basis for manufacturing the prototype. The sun's rays tracing experiment is carried out by the prototype. Results show that the device design is reasonable and meets the design requirements; the key working conditions for the solar tracking design are found; the lightweight is obvious and the weight is reduced by 14%; the average errors of azimuth angle and height angle are within 5 deg; compared with the fixed device, the increasing proportion of solar energy one day is up to 52.6%; and the device works steadily and has good mechanical properties.
Design and Structural Analysis of the Sun Ray Double Axis Tracking Device
Contributed by the Solar Energy Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF SOLAR ENERGY ENGINEERING: INCLUDING WIND ENERGY AND BUILDING ENERGY CONSERVATION. Manuscript received March 30, 2018; final manuscript received December 7, 2018; published online January 8, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Gerardo Diaz.
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Zhang, S., Li, C., Zhang, J., Miao, H., and Zhang, Y. (January 8, 2019). "Design and Structural Analysis of the Sun Ray Double Axis Tracking Device." ASME. J. Sol. Energy Eng. August 2019; 141(4): 041001. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4042314
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