SunLink Corp. has launched its TechTrack Distributed single-axis tracker, the second single-axis tracker in the company’s TechTrack product line, joining the already deployed TechTrack Centralized.
Central to the new system is a design feature called Dynamic Stabilization through which the characteristics of the tracker are changed depending on real-time, sensor-observed environmental conditions, according to SunLink. The company says that beyond simply adjusting tilt, TechTrack Distributed incorporates control over the damping and stiffness of the array, thus increasing energy output, maintaining structural integrity and lowering cost.
In addition, SunLink says TechTrack Distributed solves the challenge associated with monitoring the thousands of electromechanical parts that make up a distributed tracker system via the company’s VERTEX Project Intelligence Platform. VERTEX enables real-time data monitoring and secure remote control, which provides greater visibility into energy assets, historical data collection and more efficient operations and maintenance.
“We’re very excited about this revolutionary design,” says SunLink CEO Michael Maulick. “It reflects the very best of SunLink’s legacy for mechanical and structural engineering excellence combined with the leadership we’re now demonstrating in the software and electrical engineering arenas. Only by leveraging the power of technology advancements such as IoT, big data, machine learning and more can the solar industry move beyond a niche energy player into a grid-enhancing asset, and the world’s dominant energy source. TechTrack Distributed demonstrates what’s possible.”