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Mar 19

Solar Tracker Solar Panels

Posted in Energy Inventions | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power

Solar Tracker A German owned company IMO has set-up a plant in USA that will make the largest solar tracker solar panels to tap solar energy. As per Ruediger Unverzagt and Klaus Pless, respectively the CEO and vice-president of this company, these solar tracker solar panels are the largest in Summerville in South California. IMO is looking forward to commercially sell these solar tracker solar panels. Despite being huge in size, they are very easy to assemble and one can assemble them just outside the building where they are to be installed.

How the solar tracker solar panels technology will help

IMO is hopeful that USA will embrace this source of energy because with its help, you can avoid the emission of carbon dioxide by 87,000 pounds that pollutes the air on an early basis due to burning of 34,000 pounds of coal. With the solar tracker solar panels, IMO will not need 42,000 kilowatts of power, equal to the power need by almost four households on an annual basis. It also saves the environment by the same extent as it would if 6,700 more trees are planted or the pollution is reduced by the extent caused by a vehicle traveling 106000 miles.

How the solar tracker solar panels technology works

The oversized solar panel is resting on a rotating pole. This solar panel is not stationary but keeps on moving with the sun. This way panel catches maximum solar rays from the sun. Stationary solar panels remain fixed to a single spot. They catch whatever sunlight comes to their direction. But rotating solar panels following the sun’s daytime path can capture 20 or 30% more solar energy. They keep on shifting their stand to capture more and more sunlight. You can compare them with sunflowers: sunflowers change their position with the position of the sun.

Size of the solar tracker solar panels

The large solar tracker solar panel that faces the sun and captures energy from its powerful rays is 1,614-square-foot metallic structures and is 53-foot-tall. Due to huge size, this big panel is put on top of the metal column with the help of crane. The manager of renewable energy program with the SC Energy Office, Erika Myres finds the size of this panel on the pole very surprising. As she keeps the track of individual panel projects around the state, she says that panels by IMO are the largest solar trackers in South California and each one is bigger than her first house.

Commercial use of the solar tracker solar panels

Though IMO will start the sale of these solar tracker solar panels very soon, similar alternative-energy devices have been sold by the executives of the company at its overseas headquarters. Whereas these executives are not ready to tell how much the figures of the sales are, their business has not reached great heights till now. The machine that can be used for 25 years cost between $100,000 and $200,000 .

The $150,000 grant provided to the company under the state’s Clean Green Energy Incentive Program has got exhausted. Now IMO is hoping that other companies and home owners could take the benefit of existing state and tax credits and finance their project.

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