As photo voltaic prices proceed to say no, distinctive use circumstances for trackers will probably achieve in recognition, in response to a brand new Wooden Mackenzie report on the tracker market.
Half of the brand new tracker merchandise launched throughout 2019 and 2020 to date had been geared towards increasing the vary of potential websites the place photo voltaic PV might be put in to harder websites, reminiscent of uneven terrain, excessive winds or rocky soil.
Because the tracker market continues to develop, advances in tracker know-how imply that websites that had been beforehand uneconomical for photo voltaic are actually being developed with trackers.
An increasing market
2020 would be the first yr when the tracker market’s worth will surpass mounted tilt. Between 2022 and 2025, world annual photo voltaic installations will common 135 gigawatts. In the meantime, the worldwide tracker market will see a 45 % enhance in installations from 2020-2025.
At the same time as the tracker installations rise over the following 5 years, the general tracker market worth will flatten as costs proceed to say no.
Improvements in tracker know-how
Because it grows, the PV tracker vendor and product panorama is changing into extra crowded and diversified. The market noticed a lot of new entrants in 2019, and eight distributors have launched new merchandise in 2019 and 2020 to date.
In an more and more aggressive market, extra distributors are selecting to give attention to tracker know-how that helps maximize photo voltaic output on difficult terrain or high-wind zones.
Tracker know-how can also be actively being developed for rooftops, carports, agrovoltaics, fisheries, and floating websites, though these use circumstances aren’t but mainstream.
Of the eight tracker merchandise launched in 2019 and 2020 to date, half are targeted on tough terrain or difficult situations. All of the brand new merchandise launched leverage impartial row know-how.
New distributors, new merchandise
Wooden Mackenzie’s report profiles the new market entrants with merchandise geared towards difficult terrain and climate situations. Just a few of these profiled:
In 2019, TerraSmart launched a two-in-portrait product that’s meant for tough, uneven topography and might be paired with bifacial modules.
Additionally final yr, Schletter reentered within the tracker market after initially launching a tracker product in 2015, with a tracker that’s meant to deal with excessive wind speeds.
Nevados launched a self-powered tracker in 2019 that’s optimum for websites with tough terrain. The corporate notes their tracker design follows the pure terrain of the location, that means there’s much less want for grading, maintaining set up prices low.
This yr, Nexans launched a tracker product that targets websites the place land is unstable, reminiscent of landfills, quarries, and industrial wasteland.
Extra established distributors with merchandise within the class embody NEXTracker’s TrueCapture software program, which accounts for excessive climate occasions reminiscent of hail, snow and hurricanes, and Array Applied sciences’ SmarTrack software program, which optimizes yield in diffuse gentle and on uneven terrain by means of backtracking.
Sunfolding additionally has a tracker focused in the direction of websites with undulating terrain and which limits civil prep and grading, mitigating prices.
As flat parcels of land in established photo voltaic markets grow to be a premium, builders might be pressured to broaden into uneven terrains or tough websites, whereas maximizing photo voltaic manufacturing per sq. meter. These competing priorities will profit the tracker producers, so long as they’ll innovate to fulfill market situations.
Wooden Mackenzie analyzes the worldwide PV tracker market in additional element in The worldwide photo voltaic PV tracker panorama 2020 report.