ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Array Technologies, the world’s most trusted name in solar tracking, recently announced the results of an independent analysis by inspection services provider, TÜV Rheinland. This in-depth study indicates that Array’s flagship tracker, the DuraTrack® HZ v3, is 300 × less likely to experience catastrophic failure during wind events than single-row competitors that rely on stow.

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“Reliability is the cornerstone of responsible solar industry growth,” said Array Technologies CEO and founder Ron Corio. “Without dependable PV modules and tracking systems, the solar industry will struggle to continue down its path of innovation and expansion. This third-party validation from TÜV confirms what we have been claiming for nearly 30 years: that the engineered simplicity in our trackers truly is the best long-term option for solar project owners.”

Array Technologies designs its solar trackers with the highest structural integrity. Built with a robust design and a unique wind mitigation strategy, Array’s trackers effectively avoid module stress, fatigue failure and torsional galloping issues during high stress wind events. The DuraTrack HZ v3 withstands environmental pressures in all positions and, unlike the competition, does not depend on a complicated chain of electronic stow commands. TÜV’s inclusive report finds Array to offer higher operational uptime and lower scheduled and unscheduled maintenance costs to site owners.

TÜV analysts performed an economic and risk analysis of two tracker architectures: one layout driven by a single motor linked by a rotating driveline to multiple tracker rows; and a competing design where tracker rows operate as self-contained units, each with a dedicated photovoltaic (PV) panel, battery, motor and other system components. TÜV’s analysis includes descriptions of the technical characteristics of each system, followed by a failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) to assess risk associated with component failures, and concluding with a levelized cost of energy (LCOE) / Net Present Value (NPV) analysis to assess the economic impact of the two technologies on developers, owners, financiers, and insurers of utility scale solar power plants.

The TÜV report also highlighted the below benefits of Array’s tracking technology:

  • 7% lower LCOE (Levelized Cost Of Energy)
  • 4.5% higher NPV (Net Present Value)
  • 15% lower scheduled O&M cost
  • 130 × lower unscheduled O&M cost

“At TÜV Rheinland, we pride ourselves on unbiased and high-quality research and reporting,” said Mark Skidmore, Regional Field Manager, Solar-North America of TÜV Rheinland. “We routinely put technologies across the solar tracker industry through rigourous testing to challenge the industry’s biggest players to go above and beyond with the reliability of their designs. Together, we can sustainably grow the global solar tracking market.”

The DuraTrack HZ v3 is currently available to solar project developers. For more information about the tracker or the results of the TÜV Rheinland study, please visit: http://www.arraytechinc.com/tuv-report-findings/

About Array Technologies:

Array Technologies, Inc. is the leading solar tracking solutions and services provider for utility-scale projects. Our streamlined tracker design offers efficient installation and high reliability, durability, and performance. This combination delivers the lowest installation cost and lowest risk with the best long-term project returns.  Array’s DuraTrack HZ v3 is continuously optimized through engineered simplicity principles and are compliant for construction on varying terrains in all climates. The company has unparalleled experience, with more than 28 years in the industry and over 13,000 miles of trackers installed. Array Technologies is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. For more information, please visit arraytechinc.com.

About TÜV Rheinland:

TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, founded 145 years ago. The group maintains a worldwide presence with 19,700 employees; annual turnover is more than EUR 1.9 billion. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, technology and the environment in nearly all aspects of life. TÜV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects, and helps to shape processes and information security for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. To this end, TÜV Rheinland employs a global network of approved labs, testing and education centres. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. Website: www.tuv.com.

 

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