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Sensors 2009, 9(5), 3875-3890; doi:10.3390/s90503875
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Sun Tracking Systems: A Review

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1 Department of Materials Engineering, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung, 912 Taiwan 2 Department of Interior Design, Shu-Te University, Kaohisung County, 824 Taiwan 3 Department of Architecture, National Cheng Kung University, 700 Taiwan 4 Department of Vehicle Engineering, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung, 912 Taiwan
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 14 April 2009 / Revised: 6 May 2009 / Accepted: 15 May 2009 / Published: 20 May 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensor Algorithms)
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Abstract

The output power produced by high-concentration solar thermal and photovoltaic systems is directly related to the amount of solar energy acquired by the system, and it is therefore necessary to track the sun’s position with a high degree of accuracy. Many systems have been proposed to facilitate this task over the past 20 years. Accordingly, this paper commences by providing a high level overview of the sun tracking system field and then describes some of the more significant proposals for closed-loop and open-loop types of sun tracking systems.
Keywords: solar orientation; solar position; sun sensor algorithm; sun tracking system solar orientation; solar position; sun sensor algorithm; sun tracking system
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).
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Lee, C.-Y.; Chou, P.-C.; Chiang, C.-M.; Lin, C.-F. Sun Tracking Systems: A Review. Sensors 2009, 9, 3875-3890.

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