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Arctech Shed Light On Solar Tracker Solution In Lowering LCOE in GoodWeek 2022 PV State 2022: An APAC Dialogue

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On March 8th, 2022, Arctech, the world’s leading tracking, racking, and BIPV solutions provider, participated in the GoodWeek 2022 APAC Session – PV State 2022: An APAC Dialogue and shared insight on how the latest launched SkyLine II solar tracker can enable PV projects the best performance of LCOE. 

The GoodWeek series is designed to cover the PV market in China, APAC, EMEA, North America and Brazil to have a closer look at the year ahead. Since 2021, Goodwe invites thought leaders in the industry to the table to discuss the topics which will lead the energy conversation in the years ahead. 

Together with the representatives from Power China, JA Solar, and Goodwe, Max Jiang, Head of APAC Region at Arctech was invited to the panel discussion titling “Competitive LCOE Solution to Drive Region-wide Deployment of Solar PV.” and spelled out the role Arctech’s second-generation 1P (one-in-portrait) solar tracker designed with pentagonal torque tube and synchronous multi-point drive mechanism has played in lowering the LCOE. 

“There will be 10%-20% more energy yield from tracker + monofacial module, and 20%-30% more energy yield from tracker match with the bifacial module. For the APAC region, one of the major handicaps for reducing LCOE is the difficult terrains which often cause large cost oscillations, especially in the era of the large module and in the markets where labor cost is high. The modular design of our latest tracker product SkyLine II is one of the best solutions to tackling this.” Remarked by Max Jiang, Head of APAC Region at Arctech

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The latest horizontal single-axis solar tracking system SkyLine II is the latest offer from Arctech Sky series solar tracker, it is the first 1P (one-in-portrait) tracker designed with a pentagonal torque tube and synchronous multi-point drive mechanism.

“Like “Playing Lego”, SkyLine II can be adapted to mounting the optimum number of strings per tracker for each PV module. That is done by adding or removing posts and drives. Thus, the modularized SkyLine II adapts more efficiently to difficult terrains without large cost oscillations.” Explained Max.  

“Apart from that, the application of smart backtracking algorithms is another vital value-added feature.” He added. Echoing the IHS latest report forecasting the key elements shaping the cleantech space in 2022. it witnessed that in this increasingly digitalized and data-driven world, it will be a key requirement to engineer the solar trackers with smart control systems considering the solar tracker market is increasingly expanding.

SkyLine II uses machine learning-based upon the environment and operational data acquisition. Smart backtracking algorithms are also used to determine the optimum tracker tilt in each topography and environment, allowing for real-time shading avoidance for up to 7% more energy generation.

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This event is a succession of the company’s last webinar in Malaysia titling “PV Mounting Tech: South East Asia”, in the Conference, Bella Zhou, SEA Regional Manager, APAC at Arctech shed light on the advantages of the solar tracker as an innovative solution for the energy yield and how to choose tracker based on the different terrain. In early March, Arctech also announces the Launch of a White Paper on Increasing PV Energy Yield with Superior Stow Parameters which compares Arctech’s stiff trackers and traditional flexible trackers through numerical analysis. It analyses how solar trackers with the multi-point drive mechanism enable power generation with an example of a case study in Texas, USA. SkyLine II allows for 1.6% higher annual energy collection when compared with traditional trackers that stow at much lower wind speeds. For typical plants, Capex and PPA pricing in the area was equivalent to an IRR increase of about 0.2% or $3M more in revenue throughout the life of the project.

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