PV Tracking Systems: Solar Efficiency

Eco-efficiency is the concept of creating more value with less environmental impact. First Solar’s mission ‘to create enduring value by enabling a world powered by clean and affordable solar electricity’ articulates the company’s commitment to eco-efficiency. By producing affordable PV power plants with proven energy yield advantages along with the smallest carbon footprint, lowest water […] Read more

Software: The Future of Solar?

Solar power is notorious for being one of the most fluctuating sources of renewable energy. Predicting how much solar energy will be available just for the next couple of hours is hard. However, having the ability to do so has several benefits, the major one being better stability on the power grid – including data […] Read more

Al Bahar Towers Install Computer Controlled Sunscreens

Global architectural firm Aedas has designed a computer controlled sunscreen to respond to optimal solar and light conditions that can shade the Al Bahar towers when required, and open up when not. The screen is composed of origami triangles made of coated fiberglass and is located two meters away from the exteriors of the building. Each […] Read more

Tracking Module Shipments and the Effects of Rising Polysilicon Prices

In this month’s issue of PV News, the expert analysts at GTM Research dive into global module shipments.With a continuing boom in Germany, and rapidly developing markets inOntario, Canada, and the Czech Republic, the feature article is “ModuleShipment Trends: Whose Products Go Where?” Selling large volumes ofproduct into a new market is no small task, […] Read more

Envision Installs EV-Charging-Enabled Solar-Tracking ‘Trees’

Envision Solar International Inc., a designer and developer ofsustainable infrastructure, has commenced the installation ofelectric-vehicle (EV)-charging-enabled solar-tracking trees at AxionPower International’s facility in western Pennsylvania. Theinstallation is being financed through a Pennsylvania state grant tofund the deployment of the EnvisionTrak and CleanCharge Solar Trees. Itis expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2011. […] Read more

OSolar receives 1 MW tracking system order

OSolar Ltd., a photovoltaic engineering company, is expanding its global presence with a long-term strategic partnership with Longyuan (Beijing) Carbon Asset Management Technology Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of ChinaGuodian Group. OSolar announced today that the company had signed 1MW tracking system sales agreement with Longyuan. Under the terms ofthe contract, OSolar along with Longyuan will […] Read more

CSI Solar Introduces Tracking System

CSI Solar Power Systems, based in Billerica, Mass., has released modelDAT-125, a dual-axis tracker designed for utility-scale solar energyproducts. DAT-125 features a segmental ballast base designedspecifically for landfills, brownfields and superfund sites. Theproduct delivers a nominal power output average of 12.5 kW per tracker.The proprietary segmental ballast base of the DAT-125 is anon-ground-penetrating, low-ground-pressure substructure. […] Read more

Solar PV Trackers Can Boost Power Bigtime

They’re getting better…WhenI was cutting my teeth in the PV industry, I sold nothing but UniSolarpanels and laminates. UniSolar works well in diffuse light because ofits triple-junction technology which is more responsive to the sun’slight spectrum. Therefore, directly tracking the sun’s path was not as important and, because thin-film PV takes requires more area, tracking […] Read more