Solar Drive

SUN TRACKING DRIVE FOR SOLAR ARRAY
Hydraulic Drive System and Controller for Amonix of Torrance, CA and Arizona Public Service of Phoenix, AZ. Warrick & Associates developed and tested a drive mechanism and electronic controller to aim collectors very accurately at the sun for solar-electric power generation.

The solar drive system was designed, built and tested at the W&A facility.
The solar drive system consisted of the following:
· Hydraulic pump and hydraulic actuators to provide mechanical motion
· Electronic controller to point the collector towards the sun
· Structural design to accommodate the high loads


The photo to the left shows W&A personnel load-testing the system by restricting the movement of the hydraulic drive. The system was subjected to loads up to 60,000 lbs.

Solar Array

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