Independent analyst, TÜV Rheinland PTL (TÜV), recently released a report on the economic and risk analysis of two predominant tracker architectures: centrally driven architecture (centralized) and individual row driven architecture (decentralized). The analysis examined components, design, and ability to withstand environmental conditions common to PV power plants – including events such as sand storms, sustained high winds and when systems are exposed to large temperature variations.
Given the high temperatures and winds in which PV power plants operate under in the MENA region, solar tracker reliability has become an area of focus for it’s impact on O&M and long-term costs. TÜV’s analysis delivered a range of favorable findings regarding individual components and system design of the centralized system. In contrast, this report takes a deep look at the impact of these findings on utility-scale solar in the MENA region.
The report highlights the following benefits of Array’s centralized tracking technology over the competing architecture: