Mass Megawatts has improved an additional 20% with a redesign of its patent pending solar tracker to maximize the albedo or solar reflection effect of receiving electric power output from the backside of solar panels that can accept solar rays from both sides of the solar panel. The cost-saving improvement is possible since the solar tracker uses a low-cost method for protection against high-wind and hurricane-related events. The solar panels attached to the tracker platform would force the face of the panels to turn 90 degrees from the direction of the wind. The system allows a slip feature during high-wind conditions. Once the wind returns to less dangerous levels, the tracker resumes its operations. The “yaw sideways” technique avoids the need for additional material and cost needed to protect against high-wind events.
In addition to the increased power output from enhancing the solar panel backside reflection, Mass Megawatts has enhanced its patent-pending, solar tracking technology to improve energy production levels by an additional 7% with the adjustment of the panels based on the sun’s altitude each day. These adjustments are also expected to improve the power generation level of the solar panels.
Mass Megawatts is developing a patented pending, Mass Megawatts Solar Tracking System (STS) which is designed to automatically adjust the position of solar panels throughout the day to receive an optimal level of direct sunlight. Unlike other solar tracking technologies, the Mass Megawatts STS utilizes a low-cost structure that adds stability to the overall system while also improving energy production levels. The STS utilizes a proprietary mechanical innovation to limit dynamic and static loading on the tracker, which can occur during periods of high wind and extreme weather. The technology reduces wind-related stresses and system downtime. The STS allows Mass Megawatts to lower the cost of material and reduce the number of solar panels needed to generate the rated capacity.
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Author: Michael Bates