TÜV Rheinland PTL (TÜV), an independent analyst, recently released a report on the economic and risk analysis of two tracker architectures. The first architecture studied is a system driven by a single motor, linked by a rotating driveline to multiple tracker rows. The second architecture is a system where each row operates as a self-contained unit with a dedicated photovoltaic (PV) panel, battery, motor, and other tracker system components.
TÜV’s report includes descriptions of the technical characteristics of each system, followed by a failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA). TÜV’s methodology assesses risk associated with component failures, and concludes with a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) / Net Present Value (NPV) analysis, highlighting the economic impact of the two technologies on developers, owners, financiers, and insurers of utility scale solar power plants.
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The report highlights the following benefits of Array’s tracking technology over the competing architecture:
“Without dependable PV modules and tracking systems, the solar industry will struggle to continue down its path of innovation and expansion. This third-party validation from TÜV confirms there are significant differences in OPEX costs between tracker architectures. We believe that the engineered simplicity in our trackers truly is the best long-term option for solar project owners.”
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