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Parallel Mechanism for Precision Sun Tracking

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Stefano Mauro, Cristina Scarzella

Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Paper No. ESDA2010-24100, pp. 17-22; 6 pages
  • ASME 2010 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
  • ASME 2010 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, Volume 2
  • Istanbul, Turkey, July 12–14, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4916-3 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3877-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The paper describes a 2-DOF parallel kinematic machine designed to achieve precise solar tracking. The mechanism has been developed keeping in mind that solar concentration technology requires a precise alignment of photovoltaic modules and sun radiation, with error allowance much lower than those ensured by traditional sun trackers. The paper describes the kinematic structure and discusses its forward and inverse kinematic, providing the tools to design a system that satisfies the requirements for dexterity and workspace.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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