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A Review on Solar Tracking Systems and Their Classifications
Journal of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Volume 2, Issue 3, September 2017, Pages: 46-50
Received: Jun. 11, 2017; Accepted: Jul. 4, 2017; Published: Aug. 1, 2017
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Muhammad Jamilu Ya'u, Mechanical Engineering, Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria
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The output power produced by high concentration solar thermal and photovoltaic systems is directly related to the amount of solar energy acquired by the system. Therefore, it is necessary to track the sun’s position with a high degree of accuracy. This can be achieved by the system called solar tracking system. Solar tracking system is the most common method of increasing amount of solar radiation from the sun to the solar collectors either Flat plate or concentrated collectors. The main objective of this research is to review different tracking mechanisms for solar tracking system, 18 papers were reviewed. The result showed that solar tracking system can either be dual axis or single axis trackers depending on freedom degree of motion. Dual axis trackers are the best option for places where the position of the sun keeps changing during the year at different seasons. Single axis trackers are a better option for places around the equator where there is no significant change in the apparent position of the sun.
Azimuth Angle, Tilt Angle, Dual Axis Sun Tracker, Single Axis Sun Tracker
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Muhammad Jamilu Ya'u, A Review on Solar Tracking Systems and Their Classifications, Journal of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2017, pp. 46-50. doi: 10.11648/j.jeece.20170203.12
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