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Advances in Solar Heating and Cooling by Tianshu Ge, Ruzhu Wang

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Tracking solar collection technologies for solar heating and cooling systems

C. Chang     Key Laboratory of Solar Thermal Energy and Photovoltaic System, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Abstract

A solar tracker can keep the collector’s aperture perpendicular to the incident light to maximize the solar radiation, so it is a key component to improve the performance of solar collector. In this chapter, the composition and types of solar tracking are summarized, and the applications of various technologies are demonstrated respectively.

Keywords

Automatic tracking; Dual-axis tracking; Manual tracking; Open-loop control; Single-axis tracking

5.1. Definition of solar tracking technology

The solar tracking ...

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