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    Solar Tracker Experiments and Studies


      A solar tracker is a device that enables the following of the moving sun in the sky by a solar reflector or lens in order to focus much more solar energy to create higher levels of heat for electricity generation by photovoltaic panels or other solar thermal energy applications.

      Background Information

    • Solar tracker - Wikipedia [View Resource]
    • Heliostat [View Resource]
    • How Do Flowers Follow the Sun? [View Resource]
    • Wattsun Solar Tracker - Youtube [View Resource]
    • Solar Tracking Solutions for Utility, Research and DIY Solar Power Applications [View Resource]
    • Concentrated solar power [View Resource]
    • Solar Tracking System: More Efficient Use of Solar Panels [View Resource]

      Build a Solar Tracker

    • Build a Simple Sun Tracker [View Experiment]
    • Solar Tracker Schematics [View Experiment]
    • A study on automatic dual axis solar tracker system using 555 timer [View Experiment]
    • Home made PV tracker using an old satellite dish antenna tracking base to provide a mount for PV panels that track the sun across the sky [View Experiment]
    • Build a Solar Tracking Solar Oven [View Experiment]
    • Schematic for Solar Collector Sun Tracking [View Experiment]
    • Build Your Own Solar Tracker [View Experiment]
    • LED Solar Tracker Assembly [View Experiment]

      K-12 Experiments, Labs, Lesson Plans and Science Fair Projects

    • Solar Tracking Science Fair Project [View Experiment]
    • Solar Tracker Project [View Experiment]
    • How to boost any solar panel output by 75% [View Experiment]
    • From Concentrator to Tracker: An Innovative Solution for Maximizing Electric Power from Solar Photovoltaic Cells [View Experiment]
    • Self-Optimizing Solar Tracking System [View Experiment]
    • A Thermo-Mechanical Sunflower: Developing a Passive Concentrator/Tracker for Photovoltaic Panels [View Experiment]
    • Analyzing Solar Cell Efficiency When Using a Sun Tracker [View Experiment]
    • To construct conventional small dye-sensitized photovoltaic cells under a laboratory setting for the purpose of mounting on a micro-tracking system. [View Experiment]
    • Solar Tracker Project [View Experiment]
    • Solar Tracker Experiment [View Experiment]
    • Experiments with Renewable Energy [View Experiment]
    • The Effects of Tilt Angle on Solar Panels [View Experiment]

      College Experiments, Labs, Studies and Articles

    • Design & Development of Low Cost Solar Tracker Using Microcontroller [View Experiment]
    • PV Maximum Power Point Tracking Through Pyranometric Sensor: Modelling and Characterization [View Experiment]
    • Introducing Feedback Control to First Year Engineering Students using LabVIEW [View Experiment]
    • Auburn University’s Solar Photovoltaic Array Tilt Angle and Tracking Performance Experiment [View Experiment]

      Theses and Dissertations

    • Stability analysis of solar tracking system through conventional controllers [View Thesis]
    • Low cost solar tracker [View Thesis]
    • PIC Based Automatic Solar Radiation Tracker [View Thesis]
    • Automatic peak power tracker for solar PV modules [View Thesis]


    • Helio™ Solar Tracker [View Patent]
    • Distillation apparatus with solar tracker (US Patent 4325788, 1982) [View Patent]
    • Self reorienting solar tracker (US Patent 4175391, 1979) [View Patent]
    • Dual-axis solar tracker mounted on a two-slope grate column (US Patent 7763835,2010) [View Patent]

      See Also

    • Photovoltaics [View Experiment]
    • Solar Collectors [View Experiment]

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