Array Technologies has been granted a patent for a method that optimizes solar power unit orientation for maximum energy generation. By monitoring energy output and identifying key points, the method plots future orientation positions to enhance efficiency. GlobalData’s report on Array Technologies gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Solar power unit orientation optimization method

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Array Technologies Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886211B2) outlines a method and system for optimizing solar power unit orientation to maximize energy generation. The method involves initially orienting the solar power units in a position where some rows are shaded by adjacent rows, monitoring energy generation over a specific time window, identifying a knee in energy generation indicating a transition in the rate of change at a given solar angle, and plotting a trajectory for future orientation positions based on this data. The system includes solar power units, a motor for orientation adjustment, sensors for monitoring energy generation, and a controller to perform the optimization operations.

Furthermore, the system involves rotating the solar power units to follow the trajectory of future orientation positions, identifying candidate solar angles based on energy generation data from multiple days, selecting optimal solar angles as flexion points, and detecting transitions in energy generation rates at specific solar angles. By monitoring energy generation in different positions and optimizing orientation based on data analysis, this method and system aim to enhance the efficiency and output of solar power units, ultimately contributing to more effective utilization of solar energy resources.

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