Dual Axis Solar Tracker Designed by TMU Students

With the unavoidable shortage of fossil fuel sources in the future, renewable types of energy have become a topic of interest for researchers, technicians, investors and decision-makers all around the world. New types of energy that are getting attention include hydroelectricity, bioenergy, solar, wind energy, geothermal energy, tidal power and wave power. Because of their renewability, they are considered favourable replacements for fossil fuel sources.

Among these types of energy, solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is one of the most easily available resources. This technology has been adopted more widely for residential use nowadays, thanks to research and development activities to improve solar cells’ performance and lower their cost. However, despite the advantages, solar PV energy is still far from replacing traditional sources on the market. It is still a challenge to maximise the power output of PV systems in areas that don’t receive a large amount of solar radiation.

We still need more advanced technologies from manufacturers to improve the capability of PV materials, but improvement of system design and module construction is a feasible approach to make solar PV power more efficient, thus being a reliable choice for customers. Aiming for that purpose, this project had been carried out to support the development of such promising technology.

Our purpose is to design a dual-axis solar tracker system. The sun is tracked by the tracker and its position changed in such a way that it maximizes the power output. Engineering students Utkarsh Tyagi, Aakash Kumar, Nishant Sharma, Akhil and Ankit Kumar presented the model of this efficient solar tracker on the occasion of National Technology Day. The faculty members and dignitaries of the university valued the efforts of students and wished them a bright future.

TMU, is a multidisciplinary university with a UGC accredited 12 B status, assists various student and community beneficiary pursuits such as collaborating with the BOSCH skill development centre, moreover is the first in the Delhi-NCR region to have collaborated with NVIDIA for hands-on training on artificial intelligence and deep learning.