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New tracker design: Multiple motors to tackle multiple challenges

In this pv magazine Webinar, we will discuss the challenges for EPCs and developers deploying single-axis tracker projects and show how TrinaTracker has tackled these issues in its latest product.


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Using multiple actuation motors on a single tracker row can have quite an impact on an installation’s overall performance, claims tracker manufacturer TrinaTracker. Single-axis tracking in a two-in-portrait configuration undoubtedly provide yield gains for a solar asset. Deploying this type of plant setup, however, comes with some significant challenges: terrain adaption, long installation time, and higher O&M costs, to name but a few.

TrinaTracker, the tracker smart solution provider spun out of module manufacturer TrinaSolar, suggests they have tackled these issues with their latest product update, the Vanguard 2P. One of the more apparent design changes compared to the Vanguard’s predecessor is the use of multiple motors on one tracker row. The engineers claim, the solution will withstand higher wind loads and reduce tilt angle misalignment.

In this pv magazine Webinar, TrinaTracker’s head of the structural R&D team, Felix Sabando, will discuss the challenges for EPCs and developers wanting to get their feet wet in single-axis tracker projects. He looks back on 15 years of experience in the field and will show how the company has tackled these issues in its latest product and tell us in greater detail how some of the new technology features work.

Joining him also from TrinaTracker is Abel Córdoba. He is an R&D engineer in the electronics department of the company. And he, too, can draw from two decades of experience in electrical engineering and will go into greater detail about the advantages in monitoring and subsequent lower O&M costs of Trina’s new tracker.

Alberto Muñoz, key account manager at CERE the Spanish-based certification body and testing laboratory, will highlight the challenges of any product certification process, focusing on the main tests’ procedures of the international standard for solar trackers IEC 62817.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • Current challenges in single-axis tracking
  • Tilt-angle misalignment
  • Multi-motor design
  • Project example
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Marian Willuhn, editor at pv magazine, will be the webinar’s moderator.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


Abel Córdoba de S. García | Electronics R&D Engineer at the Support Structure R&D Center, TrinaTracker

Abel Córdoba de S. García is an Electronics R&D engineer at the Support Structure R&D Center at TrinaTracker. With more than 20 years of international experience in the electrical and renewable energy industries, Abel's profile stands out for transferring and implementing into the tracker control and drives systems the expertise gained in power electronics throughout the eight years he worked in the automotive business in Austria. Abel plays a crucial role in the design of the trackers' communication architecture at TrinaTracker. In addition, he leads the multi-motor drive systems developed by the company to increase the efficiency and reliability of the trackers. Abel completed a Master of Science in Renewable Energy and Communications Engineering at Universidad de La Rioja and a Master in Renewable Energies, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen at UIMP University.

Félix Sabando | Head of Support Structure Research and Development R&D Center, TrinaTracker

Felix Sabando completed a Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Zaragoza University, Industrial Engineering at UNED, MBA at UNIR and Master in Project Management at PMI, Spain. He has gained a consolidated experience in the solar sector in the areas of Innovation, Product Design, Mechanical Engineering and Tracker Control. Félix, currently holds a position as Head of Support Structure Research and Development R&D Center at TrinaTracker.

Alberto Muñoz | Key Account Manager, CERE

Alberto Muñoz is a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in renewable energies and an MBA. He manages the business division of CERE for solar trackers, amongst other products. He has more than 8 years of work experience, focused on two main industries: renewable energy and automotive.

Andrew Gilhooly | Head of C&I and Utility Solutions – Asia Pacific, TrinaTracker

Andrew is the Head of TrinaTracker and Utility Solution Sales for Trina in Asia Pacific and is an accomplished Energy and Product Management professional with over 15 years’ experience within the European, Asian and Australian Solar PV sectors. He has worked across a variety of disciplines within both Utility scale and C&I, including roles in Business Development, Engineering, New Market Entry Strategy, New Product Introduction and O&M. He is also an Accredited Designer for Grid Connected PV Systems with the Clean Energy Council of Australia.


Marian Willuhn | Editor, pv magazine

Covering news on power electronics, start-ups and inverters, Marian writes for pv magazine’s international, Australian and German news platforms. He also helps edit the German print magazine. Marian previously worked as a PR-advisor for different clients in the renewable energy business.

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