Design and implementation of a laboratory scale single axis solar tracking system

Soon, Chan Roong and Chong , Shin Horng and Gan, Chin Kim (2015) Design and implementation of a laboratory scale single axis solar tracking system. In: 1st ICRIL-International Conference on Innovation in Science and Technology (IICIST 2015), April 20, 2015, UTM, KL.

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The renewable solar energy can be produced by using the Photovoltaic (PV) panel which converts the solar energy to the electrical energy. Global warming can be reduced by using the solar energy to generate electricity. Therefore in this project, an active type single axis solar tracking system is designed and constructed. The solar tracking system can enhance the amount of solar energy harvest throughout the day as compared to the fixed solar panel. A laboratory-scale single axis solar tracking system is developed to have a better understanding on the working mechanism of the solar tracking system. By using the laboratory-scale system, the system becomes portable and convenient to be allocated at the suitable workplace for solar tracking process. Moreover, the laboratory scale solar tracking system can be easily controlled and programmed by the users such as angle of rotation of the solar panel and the direction of rotation. In this project, microcontroller is used as an integrated control unit and the plant is actuated by the DC geared motor. The validity of the laboratory-scale single axis solar tracking system was examined experimentally. The solar tracking system operates by rotating to the desired angle in every hour. The workspace of the solar tracking system is determined and identified. The solar tracking system workspace must be identified and examined carefully before the installation to prevent any accidents occurred during operation. This research is important for Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) to identify the safety workspace for the solar tracking system due to the actual solar tracking system plant is still cannot be operated because of the limited workspace.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: solar tracking system, mppt, single axis
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Electrical Engineering > Department of Control, Instrumentation & Automation
Depositing User: Dr Shin Horng Chong
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 01:54
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 01:54
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/14902
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