Solar tracker- looking for dual axis frame design ideas
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Does anyone have any pictures of a small solar tracker frame for ground pole mount? Or a manually adjustable dual axis one? I've done a search on the forum and don't really see anything recent. I know it doesn't usually pay to do a tracker, but hey, I've got the drive and wherewithal to do it. Kind of a hobby thing, just like the wind turbine connected to an IQ7. Not cost effective but what would it take to do it kind of thing. I want to hook a tracker up to power the wind turbine support circuit and where it's located I think a tracker would make a big difference in solar production. I'm only going to have a couple of relatively small panels mounted on it.
My goal is to have a raspberry pi or other simple controller do it. A couple of options are out there so the electrics are not the issue, but the mechanical for the frame movement.
any ideas welcome.
9000+W grid tied IQ7 22 panel rooftop and 6 panel ground combination with 1 additional IQ7 connected to 500W wind turbine+200w solar
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Search his site for lots of Tracker designs.
LED3X Solar Tracker Assembly (redrok.com)
Here are mine getting new circuits and 4 year maintenance.
Servicing and repair 3off 2kW PV Trackers. (fieldlines.com)
Everything is possible, just give me Time.
The OzInverter man. Normandy France.
3off Hugh P's 3.7m dia wind turbines, (12 years running). ... 5kW PV on 3 Trackers, (8 years) .... 14kW PV AC coupled using Used/second hand GTI's, on my OzInverter created Grid, and back charging with the AC Coupling and OzInverter to my 48v 1300ah batteries.
And Merry Christmas!
Long threaded rod below actuator arm is azimuth adjustment.
One thing about the XL1 is the blade tip flutter, or known around here as "the farts of the gods". We have a Midnitesolar Clipper and if there's fluttering happening at bedtime, we clip overnight. Sleep not possible when the winds are over 65km/hr (about 35mph) in gusts.
It's 60 ft up with sch 80 pipe. The XL1 is far enough from our insulated house that we never hear it. Plowed snow today, not as easy as it was 20 years ago. George
Looks a little shady on those panels. How long does that go on in the day?
my actuator is a maxi ballscrew from Venture MFG CO the have a section for solar trackers...but I needed a heavy duty actuator