Why Arctech Is the Smart Solar Tracker Solution Provider Who Knows India the Best
Arctech, the world’s leading tracking, racking, and BIPV solutions provider recently harvested a 156MWp SkyLine Project in Savarkandla, Amreli, Gujarat, the top state in domestic solar panel installations in India, accounting for 68 percent of the country’s 79,950 fittings.
As one of the most important players and reliable partners who knows India the best, Arctech has a portfolio of 3.5GW across the region by the end of 2021. In 2022, the company is amping up 3GW tracker products to meet the demand from global markets by building an Indian manufacturing base, where 95% of the hire accounts in the local factory are for the locals, followed by the technological transformation in a long term, and in the foreseeable future, the company aims at 70% of content produced in India.
As the government of Gujarat announced a new policy lifting restrictions on the capacity for solar power generation as part of its target of producing 30,000 MW by 2022, the project is definitely adding more confidence to the regional renewable target for increasing solar power generation.
With great terrain adaptability, SkyLine can operate on North/South slopes for up to 20%. Equipped with the AI Smart Control Box independently developed by Arctech, SkyLine can significantly increase power output by effectively overcoming the shadow effect. Meanwhile, the tracking system provides stable performance under harsh weather conditions due to its structure adjusted based on wind tunnel data, which is of great importance for this very project where the highest wind speed is a startling 50m/s.
Self-owned wind tunnel laboratory boosting wind performance
Solar trackers are widely known as rigid structural parts; while the main axis of a solar tracker is susceptible to deformation caused by vertical bending, torsion, and complex natural conditions such as high wind speed. Therefore, more advanced analytic tests are necessary for reliable tracker design.
Arctech Wind Tunnel Laboratory
In 2021, Arctech has become the first in the PV industry worldwide to own a wind tunnel laboratory. Equipped with the world-leading testing capabilities of structural static pressure and structural dynamic response, the laboratory can test the effect of wind on trackers at speeds of up to 30m per second, a speed that would cover most likely real-world scenarios. The technical database is also leveraged as the source of basic design parameters for product design, R&D and product structure design verification.
By applying the technical database for concept design and structure design for products, Arctech has been able to optimize the design for mitigating wind-related risk on trackers and equipping trackers with better wind resistance capability. The company has launched the SkyLine II in late 2021, which is the latest horizontal single-axis solar tracking system, the first 1P (one-in-portrait) tracker designed with a pentagonal torque tube and synchronous multi-point drive mechanism, which only triggers wind stows at 22m/s, leading to up to 2% more energy yield per year.
Best solar tracker solution for land uncertainly
Granted the testimonial from a chain of successful projects in providing the best tracker solution in mitigating wind-related risks, SkyLine II also has a best-kept secret weapon for land uncertainty, which is a long-lasting issue in the Indian market.
“Normally, tracker design requires different designs in interior and exterior posts as the wind pressure varies, hence when land changes occur which is not rare in India during the installation, project owners inevitably suffer financial loss. On the flipside, enabled by the multi-point mechanism, Arctech’s SkyLine II tracker can perfectly adapt to the land uncertainty issue by facilitating with the highest wind resistance ability indiscriminately for interior and exterior layouts.
Localization Strategy with a global mindset
Arctech is the key player and reliable partner in the solar industry in the region, where it has built its business development staff at the India office 5 years ago as it anticipated an immense growth in solar development in the country. Now, the team of 30 has provided engineering and manufacturing support for Arctech's local operation, with the possibility of acting as an extension to the headquarters in China and supporting the global business.
Expediting in the localization strategy, in 2022, the company is amping up 3GW tracker products to meet the demand from global markets by building an Indian manufacturing base, where 95% of the hire accounts in the local factory are for the locals, followed by the technological transformation in a long term, and in the foreseeable future, the company aims at 70% of content produced in India.
“Leveraging the rich experience in overtaking international projects as well as the solid understanding of local market demand, the Arctech Indian team is capable to support clients in providing customizing solutions, installation, debugging and after-sales service and soon manufacturing, which surely will help optimize the capability of our champion solar tracker products in the future.” Remarked by Gail Chen, General Manager of East Asia and India at Arctech.