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Posted May 22, 2016
Posted May 23, 2016
After I have been playing "Solar tracker" with my one 200w panel, I so want my frames on the ground so that I can move them around.
1) Stationary, optimally angled as per Chris between Summer and Winter.
2) Optionally I move the frames for sun-up, sun-set if I need more power that day/week.
Not interested in a auto tracker no, to much extra overhead on things that can break plus costs that are not quite my cup of tea, unless it is cheap, robust and rudimentary (read home made by clever SAFFA's other than me).
Edit: but then, there is no ideal ground space I can use that does not have a tree issue, and I am NOT chopping off trees for solar convenience.
@Chris Hobson Are the frames just standing on the ground?
Now that size, if it was a sail, would have pulled a boat quite nicely on the water ... so here were I live I would have had to make sure they cannot tip over in a freak wind.
The frames are bolted to the old tennis court. The court is cement but the cracks and joints ensure that tennis was a random affair and the court was a great leveller everyone was a crap tennis player hence we abandoned it.
TTT look at a linear actuator. With the pivoting panels like in jdp's mates panels one could get them to track the sun in one axis. I would then set for season (the other axis) manually.
With jdp mate's idea there is a incremental return since the movement of the panels is linked. The mechanics should be able to turn 1-30 panels so not worth doing unless one has a sizeable array.
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