Design and Simulation of Solar Floats Using LDPE Material

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Prasad Kanedkhedkar, Megha Nagrale, Ashish Vajir


Floating PV installations are often installed on inland massive bodies of water, whether natural or artificially created. The concepts incorporate a floating mounting system that supports PV modules over water using a framing structure similar to that of a normal ground-mounted PV system. Single and dual-axis solar trackers are the two most common varieties on the market. Single-axis solar trackers move in unison, by panel row, or by section as they follow the sun from east to west while rotating around a single point. Dual-axis trackers enable panels to directly track the sun by rotating on both the X and Y axes. Single Axis Trackers are the most often used solar trackers in India since they follow an east-west direction. Single-axis trackers are roughly 32.17 percent efficient when compared to a fixed solar tracker mount panel. These trackers follow the Sun from East to West, assuring consistent power generation all day. The trackers offer 15-16 percent more yearly electricity than a static plant with the same installed capacity. This comes as a seasonal tilt structure to fulfil the design requirements for tilt angles ranging from 5 to 15 degrees. Manual tilting is done during the season. To build and simulate the model utilizing light weight and low-cost materials that can withstand varied external loads, based on the theory of buoyancy efficient and light weight design. Based on the wind load and the wave load, consider the Anchoring Mooring Efficient Design. Finite Element Analysis [FEA] on the LDPE material design will be carried out, as well as a fatigue analysis. The solar floats should be designed in a modular format to allow for easy assembly and disassembly as well as transfer from one location to another.

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