Optimization Mechatronic Sun Tracking System Controller's for Improving Performance

Engin M. , Engin D.

10th IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA), Takamatsu, Japonya, 4 - 07 Ağustos 2013, ss.1108-1112 identifier identifier

  • Doi Numarası: 10.1109/icma.2013.6618130
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Takamatsu
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Japonya
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1108-1112


The overall objective of this study is to develop a control algorithm that improves performance and reliability of the two-axis solar tracker, focusing on optimization of the controller board, drive hardware and software. An embedded two-axis solar tracking system and real-time control algorithm was developed for improving photovoltaic panel utilization. The system consists of a microcontroller, two motor-control modules, two DC motors, feedback devices, and other sensors needed for robust operation. The real-time control algorithm enables the solar tracker to be used as a stand-alone system, which can operate automatically without external control. The system combines two different control methods: the open-loop method and the closed-loop method. An experimental prototype was built and field results have proven the good performance of the developed tracking system.