Single-axis tracker manufacturer Soltec is debuting its new SF8 tracker, which will differentiate itself with a minimum 2×60 configuration and 4 to 6 strings and improve upon the previous generation with a more robust structure.
A reinforced torque tube with a new, improved geometry, together with an autonomous self-stow system, contribute to increased tracker resistance to adverse weather conditions. In addition, the SF8 tracker increases the rigidity of its structure by 22% more than the previous generation of Soltec trackers, the SF7.
The SF8 is specially designed for larger 72 and 78 cell modules, an increasing market trend. “As tracker manufacturers our designs adapt to market trends with the aim of providing clients with the best performing trackers”, explains Raúl Morales, Soltec’s CEO.
The SF8 has 5.16% fewer parts per module than the previous generation of Soltec trackers, thus increasing cost and installation efficiency. Each SF8 tracker is equipped with, at least, 4 strings, contributing to ease electrical module connections.
The new SF8 also has a full-wireless system allowing complete plant and inter-tracker connection. The Open Thread system developed by Google contributes to improved plant protection and to preventing damages by accurately anticipating weather conditions.
The company claims the SF8 tracker allows up to 8.6% more power generation when bifacial modules are installed.