pvlib.tracking.singleaxis¶

pvlib.tracking.
singleaxis
(apparent_zenith, apparent_azimuth, axis_tilt=0, axis_azimuth=0, max_angle=90, backtrack=True, gcr=0.2857142857142857, cross_axis_tilt=0)[source]¶ Determine the rotation angle of a singleaxis tracker when given particular solar zenith and azimuth angles.
See 1 for details about the equations. Backtracking may be specified, and if so, a ground coverage ratio is required.
Rotation angle is determined in a righthanded coordinate system. The tracker axis_azimuth defines the positive yaxis, the positive xaxis is 90 degrees clockwise from the yaxis and parallel to the Earth’s surface, and the positive zaxis is normal to both x & yaxes and oriented skyward. Rotation angle tracker_theta is a righthanded rotation around the yaxis in the x, y, z coordinate system and indicates tracker position relative to horizontal. For example, if tracker axis_azimuth is 180 (oriented south) and axis_tilt is zero, then a tracker_theta of zero is horizontal, a tracker_theta of 30 degrees is a rotation of 30 degrees towards the west, and a tracker_theta of 90 degrees is a rotation to the vertical plane facing east.
 Parameters
apparent_zenith (float, 1d array, or Series) – Solar apparent zenith angles in decimal degrees.
apparent_azimuth (float, 1d array, or Series) – Solar apparent azimuth angles in decimal degrees.
axis_tilt (float, default 0) – The tilt of the axis of rotation (i.e, the yaxis defined by axis_azimuth) with respect to horizontal, in decimal degrees.
axis_azimuth (float, default 0) – A value denoting the compass direction along which the axis of rotation lies. Measured in decimal degrees east of north.
max_angle (float, default 90) – A value denoting the maximum rotation angle, in decimal degrees, of the oneaxis tracker from its horizontal position (horizontal if axis_tilt = 0). A max_angle of 90 degrees allows the tracker to rotate to a vertical position to point the panel towards a horizon. max_angle of 180 degrees allows for full rotation.
backtrack (bool, default True) – Controls whether the tracker has the capability to “backtrack” to avoid rowtorow shading. False denotes no backtrack capability. True denotes backtrack capability.
gcr (float, default 2.0/7.0) – A value denoting the ground coverage ratio of a tracker system which utilizes backtracking; i.e. the ratio between the PV array surface area to total ground area. A tracker system with modules 2 meters wide, centered on the tracking axis, with 6 meters between the tracking axes has a gcr of 2/6=0.333. If gcr is not provided, a gcr of 2/7 is default. gcr must be <=1.
cross_axis_tilt (float, default 0.0) – The angle, relative to horizontal, of the line formed by the intersection between the slope containing the tracker axes and a plane perpendicular to the tracker axes. Crossaxis tilt should be specified using a righthanded convention. For example, trackers with axis azimuth of 180 degrees (heading south) will have a negative crossaxis tilt if the tracker axes plane slopes down to the east and positive crossaxis tilt if the tracker axes plane slopes up to the east. Use
calc_cross_axis_tilt()
to calculate cross_axis_tilt. [degrees]
 Returns
dict or DataFrame with the following columns –
tracker_theta: The rotation angle of the tracker. tracker_theta = 0 is horizontal, and positive rotation angles are clockwise. [degrees]
aoi: The angleofincidence of direct irradiance onto the rotated panel surface. [degrees]
surface_tilt: The angle between the panel surface and the earth surface, accounting for panel rotation. [degrees]
surface_azimuth: The azimuth of the rotated panel, determined by projecting the vector normal to the panel’s surface to the earth’s surface. [degrees]
References
 1
Kevin Anderson and Mark Mikofski, “SlopeAware Backtracking for SingleAxis Trackers”, Technical Report NREL/TP5K0076626, July 2020. https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy20osti/76626.pdf