Theory of evolution

Solar tracker manufacturer Mechatron has launched the dual axis system ‘D170 evolution’ which it says follows the sun azimuthally (around its vertical axis) and elevationally (around its horizontal axis), making investments in PV plants profitable even without subsidies.

The company adds that through its extremely reliable structure design and the supremacy of the hydraulic mechanism, combined with the accuracy of the astronomical algorithm, the D170 evolution elevates the energy yield by up to 40 percent and can thereby contribute to reaching grid parity in a post-feed-in-tariff era.

According to Mechatron, the structure´s design is inspired by the beetle´s exoskeleton which served as a bionic model in terms of stiffness and strength. Through the beetle design, the ‘D170 evolution’ system presents a superior strength to weight ratio than other solar trackers.