Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Research article
06 Nov 2020
Research article |  | 06 Nov 2020

Solar tracker with optical feedback and continuous rotation

John Robinson, Dan Smale, David Pollard, and Hisako Shiona

Data sets

TCCON data from Lauder (NZ), 125HR, Release GGG2014.R0 [Data set] V. Sherlock, B. Connor, J. Robinson, H. Shiona, D. Smale, and D. F. Pollard

TCCON data from Lauder (NZ), Release GGG2014.R0 [Data set] D. F. Pollard, J. Robinson, and H. Shiona

Short summary
Solar trackers are used by spectrometers to measure atmospheric trace gas concentrations using direct-sun spectroscopy. The ideal tracker should be sufficiently accurate, highly reliable, and with a longevity that exceeds the lifetime of the spectrometer which it serves. It should also be affordable, easy to use, and not too complex should maintenance be required. We present a design that fulfils these requirements using some simple innovations.