On the effectiveness of time and date-based sun positioning solar collector in tropical climate: a case study in Northern Peninsular Malaysia
Ahmad, Salsabila and Shafie, Suhaidi and Ab Kadir, Mohd Zainal Abidin and Ahmad, Noor Syafawati (2013) On the effectiveness of time and date-based sun positioning solar collector in tropical climate: a case study in Northern Peninsular Malaysia. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 28 . pp. 635-642. ISSN 1364-0321; ESSN: 1879-0690
This paper provides detailed information on the developed hardware and software for sun tracking mechanism and shows the effectiveness of utilizing time and date-based sun positioning solar collector system in tropical climate. The sun positioning system is based on the calculated azimuth and altitude at location E100°11′, N6°26′ in Northern Peninsular Malaysia where the climate is categorized as tropical climate. The system has two axes tracking with accuracy of 1° controlled by a programmable logic controller (PLC). The field test has been done during a sunny and clear day, cloudy day and, heavy overcast and rainy day in which the results show that the improvement in the generated power of 91.97%, 122.71% and 90.42%, respectively, as compared with the fixed horizontal system.
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