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Vol. 50 (2009) No. 3 December n. 162


Hangai Prize 2009: Movable Structure for a Two-Axes Solar Tracker Tracking a Sustainable Future

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 50 (2009) No. 3 December n. 162
  • Pages: 163-172
  • Title: Hangai Prize 2009: Movable Structure for a Two-Axes Solar Tracker Tracking a Sustainable Future
  • Author(s): F. J. Palacios, A. Domingo and C. Lázaro
  • Keywords: Solar energy, movable structure, two-axes, tracker, prototype
Abstract
The population growth and development in underdeveloped countries has led to a rise in the demand for energy and the fact that conventional energy sources cause damage to the environment means that the sustainable future must be based on alternative energy sources. This paper describes an application of movable structures for alternative energy sources. We present the design of a movable structure-mechanism for an innovative two-axes solar tracker with ratios of generated energy per consumed energy, and generating surface per occupied surface are higher than double the usual ones for two-axes trackers (minimum consumption of energy and occupation of surface). The device has minimum height (minimum environmental impact, easy assembly) and is strong and reliable.

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