Review of dual axis solar tracking and development of its functional model

Emmanuel Karabo Mpodi, Zeundjua Tjiparuro, Oduetse Matsebe

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The use of solar energy is in the upswing due to its environmental friendliness and abundance. That notwithstanding, efficiency remains a major problem in many of the applications. Mitigation is normally in the form of tracking systems. This paper therefore investigates dual axis solar tracking systems from two dimensions. Firstly, a review of extant literature was conducted to draw up a trajectory of where we are in the efficiency map, Therefore it was found that the current efficiency of dual axis tracking configuration is about 35-43%. Secondly, from the above review, a generic functional model of how an efficient and effective tracking system should be is presented. The two components, coevolving, shall be used to inform the design and development of an efficient solar tracker.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-588
Number of pages9
JournalProcedia Manufacturing
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2nd International Conference on Sustainable Materials Processing and Manufacturing, SMPM 2019 - Sun City, South Africa
Duration: Mar 8 2019Mar 10 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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