Self Configuring Solar Tracking System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-13ER90453
Agency Tracking Number: 88052
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 05b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000715
Small Business Information
2101 Jack London St., Corvallis, OR, 97330-6916
DUNS: 969468490
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jim Dickie
 (541) 760-7034
Business Contact
 Robin Whitlock
Title: Ms.
Phone: (541) 979-9410
Research Institution
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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