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Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV)

Concentrating photovoltaic systems use lenses or mirrors to focus light from the captured area onto a smaller area of photovoltaic material. This requires a higher precision of positional accuracy than standard PV systems to ensure the lenses are focusing the light accurately onto the collection area. We have a range of sensors that can provide accurate, repeatable and reliable positional feedback for CPV tracker control systems at very competitive prices.

  • Single axis inclinometers suitable for single axis and pitch azimuth CPV solar trackers
  • Dual axis sensors for dual axis (pitch-elevation) CPV solar trackers
  • Single axis, range up to ±180° accuracy 0.1°
  • Dual axis with range up to ±90° accuracy 0.1°
  • Analogue voltage or current, outputs, or RS232 and RS485 networked output interfaces

 

We can also provide customised designs based on this product with the aim of improving system integration, or to replace an existing product with a directly compatible device. Our expertise and experience in this field means we can offer short development times with right first time prototypes.

 

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Inclinometers for Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Trackers

Options include

  • Custom cabling and connectors
  • Integration of sensor with control module
  • Custom interfaces and communication protocols
  • Custom housings to enable better integration with existing system
  • Specification matching to replace existing inclinometer sensor

With our in depth knowledge of the available inclinometer technologies and experience of a wide variety of solar applications, we specialise in understanding your angle measurement requirements and then offering the most cost effective solution

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Part No. Image Size
(LxWxH mm)
No of Axis Range
(°)
Output Type Resolution (°) Accuracy (°)
(20°C)
Supply Voltage
Min - Max (V)
Seal Rating
SOLAR-360-1-RS485M SOLAR-360-1-RS485M -
74.6x37.5x13.5 1 ±180 RS485 ModBus 0.002 0.07 12 - 30 IP67
SOLAR-360-1-RS485 SOLAR-360-1-RS485 -
74.6x37.5x13.5 1 ±180 RS485 0.002 0.07 12 - 30 IP67
SOLAR-360-1-RS232 SOLAR-360-1-RS232 -
74.6x37.5x13.5 1 ±180 RS232 0.002 0.07 9 - 30 IP67
SOLAR-360-2-RS485M SOLAR-360-2-RS485M -
74.6x37.5x13.5 1 ±180 RS485 ModBus 0.002 0.07 12 - 30 IP67
SOLAR-360-2-RS485 SOLAR-360-2-RS485 -
74.6x37.5x13.5 1 ±180 RS485 0.002 0.07 12 - 30 IP67
SOLAR-360-2-RS232 SOLAR-360-2-RS232 -
74.6x37.5x13.5 1 ±180 RS232 0.002 0.07 9 - 30 IP67