Bioenergy, Project Development, Solar

mp-tec solar trackers with optoelectronic control

The solar farm is currently under construction and due to open in early 2011. The single-axis trackers being installed there function with optoelectronic control and react even at low levels of global irradiation.

(December 3, 2010 – BUSINESS WIRE) — The solar system company mp-tec GmbH & Co. KG delivered its Skytrap tracking systems for one of the first Danish solar farms from its headquarters in Eberswalde, Germany to Nordborg, Denmark. The solar farm is currently under construction and due to open in early 2011. The single-axis trackers being installed there function with optoelectronic control and are an in-house development for mp-tec. The control’s highly sensitive sensor cells react even at low levels of global irradiation.

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Skytrap orients the solar modules towards the brightest, most energy-rich point in the sky using the solar tracking technology. “Thanks to this technology, even when the sun is hidden by clouds, the tracking system increases yields by up to 30% in comparison with a static system, as Skytrap has been optimized for use in this climate,” says Roland Wenzel, CTO of mp-tec.

The client is Linak GmbH, linear drive technology supplier. Linak linear drives are also used in Skytrap. Together with mp-tec, a development team worked on an efficient, long-life drive which was also to be maintenance-free to avoid any subsequent costs.

Linak’s nearby production facility is due to be supplied with the electricity generated by the solar farm. Once the installation works are completed, some 500 square metres of solar modules are expected to generate 90,000KW hours of power annually. By using renewable energies, the company plans to reduce its CO2 emissions by 10% within one year. In addition to photovoltaic, Linak will in future also focus on wind energy, biogas, and the use of electric vehicles.

As a manufacturer, supplier, and project service provider, mp-tec is a partner for authorized dealers, tradespeople, planners, and investors across Europe. Further information at www.mp-tec.de