Double lens collimator solar feedback sensor and master slave configuration: Development of compact and low cost two axis solar tracking system for CPV applications

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/622284
Title:
Double lens collimator solar feedback sensor and master slave configuration: Development of compact and low cost two axis solar tracking system for CPV applications
Authors:
Burhan, Muhammad; Oh, Seung Jin; Chua, Kian Jon Ernest; Ng, Kim Choon ( 0000-0003-3930-4127 )
Abstract:
The conventional CPV systems, as big unit design, are only suitable to be installed in the open regions, like desert areas. This gigantic system design restricts their use on the rooftop of commercial and residential buildings, unlike the conventional PV systems. This paper proposes a compact but highly accurate and cheap two axis solar tracking system, designed for CPV system field operation. The proposed system is designed and verified for tracking accuracy requirement of 0.3 degrees, and has maximum capability of as high as 0.1 degrees tracking accuracy. High tracking accuracy is ensured using in-house built double lens collimator solar feedback sensor, within a fraction of the cost of commercial solar tracking sensors. A hybrid tracking algorithm is developed in C-programming using astronomical and optical solar tracking methods. As compact CPV system design demands larger number of tracking units, for same power capacity of system. Therefore, a master slave control configuration is also proposed for the CPV field operation. Only master tracker will be equipped with the expensive tracking devices, while the required tracking information will be sent to all of the slave trackers using wireless communication through ZigBee devices. With detailed optical design, simulation and control strategy, a prototype of the proposed CPV tracking system is developed, experimentally investigated and verified for tracking accuracy for outdoor operation at the rooftop. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
KAUST Department:
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division; Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
Citation:
Burhan M, Oh SJ, Chua KJE, Ng KC (2016) Double lens collimator solar feedback sensor and master slave configuration: Development of compact and low cost two axis solar tracking system for CPV applications. Solar Energy 137: 352–363. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2016.08.035.
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Solar Energy
Issue Date:
31-Aug-2016
DOI:
10.1016/j.solener.2016.08.035
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0038-092X
Sponsors:
This research was supported by the International Research Scholarship of Mechanical Engineering Department, National University of Singapore.
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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038092X16303735
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Articles; Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC); Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorBurhan, Muhammaden
dc.contributor.authorOh, Seung Jinen
dc.contributor.authorChua, Kian Jon Ernesten
dc.contributor.authorNg, Kim Choonen
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-02T09:08:24Z-
dc.date.available2017-01-02T09:08:24Z-
dc.date.issued2016-08-31en
dc.identifier.citationBurhan M, Oh SJ, Chua KJE, Ng KC (2016) Double lens collimator solar feedback sensor and master slave configuration: Development of compact and low cost two axis solar tracking system for CPV applications. Solar Energy 137: 352–363. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2016.08.035.en
dc.identifier.issn0038-092Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.solener.2016.08.035en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/622284-
dc.description.abstractThe conventional CPV systems, as big unit design, are only suitable to be installed in the open regions, like desert areas. This gigantic system design restricts their use on the rooftop of commercial and residential buildings, unlike the conventional PV systems. This paper proposes a compact but highly accurate and cheap two axis solar tracking system, designed for CPV system field operation. The proposed system is designed and verified for tracking accuracy requirement of 0.3 degrees, and has maximum capability of as high as 0.1 degrees tracking accuracy. High tracking accuracy is ensured using in-house built double lens collimator solar feedback sensor, within a fraction of the cost of commercial solar tracking sensors. A hybrid tracking algorithm is developed in C-programming using astronomical and optical solar tracking methods. As compact CPV system design demands larger number of tracking units, for same power capacity of system. Therefore, a master slave control configuration is also proposed for the CPV field operation. Only master tracker will be equipped with the expensive tracking devices, while the required tracking information will be sent to all of the slave trackers using wireless communication through ZigBee devices. With detailed optical design, simulation and control strategy, a prototype of the proposed CPV tracking system is developed, experimentally investigated and verified for tracking accuracy for outdoor operation at the rooftop. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was supported by the International Research Scholarship of Mechanical Engineering Department, National University of Singapore.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038092X16303735en
dc.subjectSolar trackeren
dc.subjectCPVen
dc.subjectConcentrated photovoltaicen
dc.subjectPVen
dc.titleDouble lens collimator solar feedback sensor and master slave configuration: Development of compact and low cost two axis solar tracking system for CPV applicationsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)en
dc.identifier.journalSolar Energyen
dc.contributor.institutionMechanical Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, Singaporeen
kaust.authorBurhan, Muhammaden
kaust.authorNg, Kim Choonen
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