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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2014, Article ID 341863, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/341863
Research Article

A Simple Approach in Estimating the Effectiveness of Adapting Mirror Concentrator and Tracking Mechanism for PV Arrays in the Tropics

1Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
2Centre of Advanced Power and Energy Research (CAPER), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
3Centre of Electrical Energy Systems, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
4Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Shinshu University, Nagano 380-8553, Japan
5Department of Electrical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, P.O. Box 349, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

Received 25 November 2013; Revised 16 April 2014; Accepted 12 May 2014; Published 2 June 2014

Academic Editor: Hui Shen

Copyright © 2014 M. E. Ya’acob et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Mirror concentrating element and tracking mechanism has been seriously investigated and widely adapted in solar PV technology. In this study, a practical in-field method is conducted in Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, for the two technologies in comparison to the common fixed flat PV arrays. The data sampling process is measured under stochastic weather characteristics with the main target of calculating the effectiveness of PV power output. The data are monitored, recorded, and analysed in real time via GPRS online monitoring system for 10 consecutive months. The analysis is based on a simple comparison of the actual daily power generation from each PV generator with statistical analysis of multiple linear regression (MLR) and analysis of variance test (ANOVA). From the analysis, it is shown that tracking mechanism generates approximately 88 Watts (9.4%) compared to the mirror concentrator which generates 144 Watts (23.4%) of the cumulative dc power for different array configurations at standard testing condition (STC) references. The significant increase in power generation shows feasibilities of implying both mechanisms for PV generators and thus contributes to additional reference in PV array design.