Solar tracking control systems

the optimum solution for maximum energy yield

The yield of PV power plants can be increased by 30-40% with the use of single-axis or dual-axis tracking systems. Precise tracking is actually the basic requirement for solar power plants working with concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) or concentrated solar power (CSP).

Description of the solar tracking solution

We offer control systems for single-axis or dual-axis trackers for horizontal and/or zenithal tracking of the solar modules. Tracking is calculated with a high-precision astronomic algorithm (accuracy 0.0003°). Our tracking solution is based on the SIMATIC S7-1200 controller, including the ready to use solar tracking toolbox. This library reduces the engineering work and enables modular and scalable applications.


Benefits of the Siemens solution

  • Efficient and fast engineering of the entire automation task with the TIA Portal reduces the time by up to 30% and saves costs

  • Reach your goal faster with the fully programmed and tested functions blocks of the free solar tracking toolbox

  • Simplified commissioning and remote diagnostics through the integrated web server

  • Easier communication of all components of a solar farm thanks to integrated concepts and open interfaces

  • Fast, precise and reliable adjustment of the tracking axes through the proven SINAMICS V20 frequency converters

  • Increased energy yield through back tracking function


Application examples


Tracker farm communication

A tracking system can consist of one or more solar trackers. Smaller tracker farms are best organized into groups connected over PROFINET. A controller takes over the higher-level functions in this case, such as handling of wind alarms and time synchronization. In larger farms with more than 25 trackers, the combination of line and star connections is a feasible option. Various transmission media, such as optical fiber, can be used in addition. The PROFINET interface of the SIMATIC S7-1200 and the expansion modules with communication interfaces, such as Modbus, ensure integrated communication of the entire solar farm.

SIMATIC Automation Tool

Easy network management is supported by the free SIMATIC Automation Tool that runs independent of the engineering system. It can be used to automatically assign IP addresses from a list during commissioning, for example. It can also read the states of all SIMATIC components and address the stations individually or in groups. One way the tool saves time and prevents errors is by selectively updating the controller firmware and the application software using the shared PROFINET network.

Do you have questions?

Then feel free to contact us at solar.industry.automation@siemens.com or contact our Solar tracking expert, Mr. Tobias Ködel (+49 (911) 895-7452). We are looking forward to hearing from you!