Soltec, leading manufacturer and supplier of single-axis solar trackers worldwide, has launched its new SF8 multidrive tracker.
The bifacial configuration of the SF8 can produce up to 8.6 per cent more power generation than other trackers, and increases the rigidity of its structure by 22 per cent compared to the SF7 tracker.
Under the slogan ‘engineered for greatness’, the SF8 tracker aims to revolutionise the photovoltaic market with its new minimum 2×60 configuration and four to six strings.
This elegantly designed tracker reinforces its structure to facilitate installation and favours high performance on any terrain.
A reinforced torque tube with a new, improved geometry, together with an autonomous self-stow system, contribute to increased tracker resistance to adverse weather conditions.
In addition, the SF8 tracker increases the rigidity of its structure by 22 per cent more than the previous generation of Soltec trackers, the SF7.
Soltec COO, Sergio López, said, “We have made use of all our acquired knowledge, in collaboration with RWDI, to design the most robust tracker in the marketplace.”
The SF8 is specially designed for larger 72 and 78 cell modules, an increasing market trend.
Soltec CEO, Raúl Morales, said, “As tracker manufacturers, our designs adapt to market trends with the aim of providing clients with the best performing trackers.”
The SF8 has 5.16 per cent fewer parts per module than the previous generation of Soltec trackers, thus increasing cost and installation efficiency.
Each SF8 tracker is equipped with at least four strings, contributing to ease electrical module connections. Due to these innovations, the SF8 allows for easier and quicker installation, favouring enhanced return on investment and reduced installation and maintenance costs.
Smarter, greater bifacial yield
The new SF8 has an innovative full-wireless system allowing complete plant and inter-tracker connection. The Open Thread system developed by Google contributes to improved plant protection and to preventing damages by accurately anticipating weather conditions.
Compared to competitors, the revolutionary technology of the SF8 tracker allows up to 8.6 per cent more power generation when bifacial modules are installed.
CTO at Soltec Innovations, José Alfonso Teurel, said, “With the TeamTrack system, Soltec was already capable of producing six per cent more energy.
“Now we have improved and adapted this algorithm to bifacial modules, for an extra yield of up to 0.5 per cent.
“This extra bifacial gain of SF8 trackers adds to the 2.1 per cent of bifacial gain yielded by our bifacial tracker in comparison to one-in-portrait configuration trackers of competitors.”
Mr Morales said, “We think our SF8 will revolutionise the solar tracking market. Its 2×60 minimum configuration will not only reduce installation and maintenance costs, it will also yield more energy and increase overall photovoltaic plant performance.
“At Soltec we are very pleased with both this development and the optimisation it will bring about in terms of power generation in large photovoltaic parks.”
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