The company showcases research and innovation to solve one of the most significant challenges for solar tracking systems.
AUSTIN, TX, March 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As the adoption of solar power reaches new heights, CTF Solar (NASDAQ: FTCI) co-authored a white paper with wind engineering experts RWDI and structural engineering firm Engineered Power Solutions (EPS) on the wind mitigation strategy of FTC’s unique single-axis tracker, Voyager. This strategy—combining a zero-degree downwind stow position with proprietary damping technology—has been independently characterized by wind tunnel testing conducted by RWDI. The result is a solar tracking platform that mitigates the effects of static and dynamic wind load, preventing catastrophic outages and lost revenue.
“Due to the high level of torsional damping in the damper model, divergent oscillations indicative of aerodynamic instability were not observed in configurations with at least one damper per half.” – Page 13 of RWDI report RWDI #1802993, July 30, 2021
By testing wind speeds between 105 and 150 mph, RWDI determined that the Voyager tracker remains stable. This unique damping technology is essential because it prevents wind from affecting the surface of the modules, which can ultimately lead to catastrophic failures.
“These large-area modules with the frames on the outer edge dynamically behave in new ways that traditional design approaches cannot analyze. This can lead to microcracking and cell failure that is not visible to naked eye,” said Nagendra Cherukupalli, CTO at FTC Solar. “To mitigate these issues, FTC Solar is pioneering the use of multi-body dynamic simulation to fully characterize the dynamic behavior of single-axis trackers (SATs).”
To prevent wind damage during PV array construction, FTC Solar attaches dampers to each row before the modules and sets the row to zero-degree tie-down, which means no power or commissioning. is necessary to protect the row from the effects of the wind. Ultimately, this allows each row to be shielded and ensures the safety of installers in the field.
FTC Solar unveiled its brand new Voyager+ Tracker in September 2021which brought 2P tracking technology to market to support the transition to larger format modules and more complex sites.
To view the full FTC white paper on wind mitigation, go to www.ftcsolar.com/vent. .
About FTC Solar Inc.
Founded in 2017 by a group of renewable energy industry veterans, FTC Solar is a fast-growing global provider of solar tracking systems, technology, software and engineering services. Solar trackers significantly increase the energy production of solar installations by dynamically optimizing the orientation of the solar panels towards the sun. FTC Solar’s innovative tracker designs deliver compelling performance and reliability, with an industry-leading installed cost-per-watt advantage.
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