Bankability on the track: Single axis tracker solution to improve wind stability

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The three most important influence parameters to achieve the longest life cycle of a solar tracking system are standard structural design, corrosion and wind stability. Can the tracker system be bankable for 30 years? And how does the wind stability relate to reliability?

In this pv magazine webinar, we will assess the impact of wind stability on bankability, and deep dive into a solution to improve wind stability.  Our webinar partner, IDEEMATEC will present their unique rope system as the solution, which increases reliability. The result: through structural measures the risk of torsional galloping is more or less eliminated.

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Hans Jürgen Sauter, CSO, IDEEMATEC
Nathalie Kermelk, Head of Engineering & Product Management, IDEEMATEC
Michael Buselmeier, Manager Wind Tunnel Laboratory, Wacker Ingenieure
Bernd Zwingmann, Senior Structural Engineer, schlaich bergermann partner

Moderators

Marian Willuhn, Editor, pv magazine Group

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Hans Jürgen Sauter, CSO, IDEEMATEC

Educated as a Mechanical Engineer at Strat. Mgm (St. Gallen), Hans Jürgen Sauter has many years experience in worldwide plant engineering & construction (ABB, BASF, ATOS) at VP level. With almost 10 years experience in the solar business , he is responsible as CEO / CSO for more than 130 PV projects of app 800 MWp total at IDEEMATEC.

Nathalie Kermelk, Head of Engineering & Product Management, IDEEMATEC

Educated as a Structural Engineer, Master of Business Administration, Nathalie has experience in structural calculation, international standards, design and calculation of steel structures. With 13 years experience in Solar business, and 8 years in tracker development, Nathalie is responsible for R&D, Project Design, Engineering and Structural Analysis at IDEEMATEC

Michael Buselmeier, Manager Wind Tunnel Laboratory, Wacker Ingenieure

Studied Civil Engineering at University of Karlsruhe, Germany, joined Wacker Ingenieure as Student Assistant in 1998, become Project Engineers in 2001, and Wind Tunnel Laboratory Manager since 2008.

Bernd Zwingmann, Senior Structural Engineer, schlaich bergermann partner

Study of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany, the University of Cantabria, Spain and the Austral University in Valdivia, Chile, between 2003 and 2009. PhD at Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany, Development of a Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic Tension Member 2012-2016. Experience Record since 2016: Engineer with sbp sonne gmbh, Structural Consulting Engineers, Stuttgart, Germany

Achieving the longest service life a solar tracker through design elements for mitigating static and dynamic wind loads

The three most important influence parameters to achieve the longest life cycle of a solar tracking system are standard structural design, corrosion and wind stability. Can the tracker system be bankable for 30 years? And how does the wind stability relate to reliability?

In this pv magazine webinar, we will assess the impact of wind stability on bankability, and deep dive into a solution to improve wind stability.  Our webinar partner, IDEEMATEC will present their unique rope system as the solution, which increases reliability. The result: through structural measures the risk of torsional galloping is more or less eliminated.

Our moderator Marian Willuhn, Editor, at pv magazine, will be joined by Hans Jürgen Sauter, CSO at IDEEMATEC, who will speak about the importance of bankability and reliability of tracking systems today. The rise of PPAs and subsidy free power plants has made an error free 30-year operation a must. The company has experienced this in recent project development phases in which it could pitch its tracker in Spain and the Middle East.

Furthermore, Nathalie Kermelk, Head of Engineering & Product Management at IDEEMATEC, will explain the importance of considering static and dynamic wind loads and present their company’s design approach, details of the wind engineering including structure calculation, wind tunnel testing, and present dynamic test results.

They will be joined by Michael Buselmeier, Wind Tunnel Laboratory Manager at Wacker Ingenieure , who will speak about Wacker’s references regarding wind investigation in general and how they conducted the dynamic tests for Ideematec in particular, and Bernd Zwingmann, Senior Structural Engineer at schlaich bergermann partner, who will speak about SBP’s experience with several tracking systems, especially regarding dynamic and static wind instabilities collected within their own investigation on these systems.

Join us and gain an understanding of the influence parameters to achieve longest life cycle of a solar tracking system, as single axis trackers are increasingly used as a solution, particularly for the Gulf region, North Africa, the U.S. and Southern Europe.

 

Webinar content:

  • Introduction of IDEEMATEC and their unique single axis tracker
  • Result of wind tunnel test
  • Influence of design parameters to minimize torsional galloping
  • Design path to achieve optimized projects specific solution

 

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