The following report documents the design, development and production of a Sun- Tracking Solar Cell Array System. The primary purpose of this system is to maximise the amount of solar energy that can be received from the sun.
Due to the negative environmental effects that conventional energy production cause, an alternative source of energy has to be developed. This new source has to be pollution and hazardous by-product free. One of the few energy options that meet these criteria is solar energy. However, for solar energy to be a viable source the efficiency of present collection methods has to be increased. This is where the importance of a sun-tracking system comes into play. By tracking the sun, such that the sun’s rays always strike normal to the array’s surface, more energy can be received.
The system outlined in this report proved to be successful in maximising the energy received from the sun. Although it is not the only solution available, it is however, the most efficient given the time, budget and material restrictions involved with an undergraduate thesis.