Self Configuring Solar Tracking System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$150,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-13ER90453
Agency Tracking Number:
88052
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
05b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
Inspired Light, Llc
2101 Jack London St., Corvallis, OR, 97330-6916
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
969468490
Principal Investigator:
Jim Dickie
Dr.
(541) 760-7034
jim.dickie@inspiredlight.com
Business Contact:
Robin Whitlock
Ms.
(541) 979-9410
robin.whitlock@inspiredlight.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Inspired Light is developing a high-efficiency Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) system that requires accurate, 2-axis tracking. Available tracking systems are too large, expensive and require specialized setup procedures that are incompatible with a very low cost, versatile deployment strategy. This project will develop and demonstrate feasibility of a self-configuring solar tracking mechanism and controller that will enable low profile, self-contained tracking assemblies to be quickly deployed. The tracker will be controlled by a unique motion-controller that borrows from consumer electronics design to enable simultaneous reductions in size, weight, hardware cost and installation time. Commercial Applications and other Benefits Reducing the balance of system cost and scale for a tracking CPV system will enable broad commercial deployment of higher efficiency and lower cost solar systems than are currently available. Inspired Light intends to market US-built, cost and space efficient systems starting in 2014 that can provide grid parity pollution free electricity without subsidy by 2020.

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