Trina Tracker SuperTrack, the smart tracker control system, has exceeded 1GW in global contracts, with intelligence helping tracking systems enter a new era
Smart tracking solution system has become one of the most important components in the global tracking market as a solution to increase the power generation of PV plants. The solution helps tracking systems make the most of diffused and reflected irradiation in rainy weather and reduce shading losses in complex terrain.
With an extensive experience in R&D and PV modules for over two decades, Trina Tracker launched SuperTrack, which includes a Smart Tracking algorithm that increases energy production by up to 3% to 8% compared with the conventional tracking algorithms. SuperTrack intelligent tracking combines Smart Tracking (STA) and Smart Backtracking (SBA) algorithms to enhance energy production, particularly during periods of overcast weather and highly diffuse irradiance and complex, uneven terrains.
Following the accumulation of cases and in response to the growing customer demand, Trina Tracker launched the SEB Smart Tracker power generation simulation software in July 2022. This was mainly aimed to help projects evaluate the power generation of smart tracking systems more accurately at the design stage so that it could ensure that the actual revenue of the power plant meets expectations.
According to Trina Tracker, the global contracts of SuperTrack has exceeded the 1GW milestone by August, while projects are spread across three continents and more than ten countries, including China, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America.
The global company is of view that this milestone not only marks the industry recognition of the technical maturity of the Trina Tracker smart control system for PV plant power generation, but also the matured and stable batch supply capability.
This comes at a time when solar trackers have experienced a decade of development and are currently at a critical stage of technology change, particularly from quantitative to qualitative. In terms of quality, compared to fixed-tilt, SuperTrack can adjust the angle of the module facing the sun at every moment, obtain more solar irradiation and increase electricity generation capacity.
With the advancement of technology, the solar industry's requirements for solar track have also improved. For example, shading loss due to the position of front and rear modules during the backtracking stages, the generation performance of the bifacial modules, and shading loss due to different installment angles according to the different terrain in the case of less land resources are new challenges in PV industry in recent years, which require smarter technology for tracking system.
According to Sun Kai, head of smart tracking research and development at Trina Solar, a mature tracking system requires a combination of solar track plus electronic control system plus software algorithm.
“Fully calculating the irradiation, climate, terrain and other conditions in different project areas through smart software algorithm, it can create a customized the optimal tracking solutions,” he remarked.