direct irradiance measurement platform
ST-5 sun tracker
By employing the latest advances in tracker technology, the ST-5 makes direct and POA irradiance measurements refreshingly simple and affordable for research and industry alike.
|Compatible sensors:||SolarSIM-D2, SolarSIM-G, third-party pyrheliometers.|
|Technology:||Dual/single-axis, SPA-based, automated sun tracker.|
|Highlights:||State-of-the-art technology ensures the optimal combination of performance and price for all applications.|
A dedicated direct irradiance measurement platform.
By employing the latest advances in tracker technology, the ST-5 achieves a breakthrough in the cost of accurate, reliable solar tracking.
The ST-5’s compact size and weight make transport, installation and maintenance refreshingly simple and affordable. With a payload limit of 5 kg, the ST-5 can be configured to hold up to 4 direct or global SolarSIMs, or an equivalent mass of non-Spectrafy instruments.
The ST-5’s automated control box employs a highly accurate and efficient solar positioning algorithm to determine the sun’s location, while the precision engineered hardware ensures pointing accuracy of ±0.1º. For custom uses, optional PC-based software allows manual control.
The on-board GPS automatically configures time and location upon start-up and eliminates internal clock drift, while the ST-5’s integrated leveling feet, azimuth adjustment and tie-down bolts enable swift and easy installation via the integrated bubble level.
Total control - if you want it.
Under standard operation, the ST-5 Sun Tracker requires no external comms connection to operate.
PC Connectivity (optional)
The ST-5 Sun Tracker can be connected to a PC to enable custom control of pointing algorithms and position.
|Pointing accuracy||± 0.1 º|
|Elevation range||0º to 125º|
|Azimuth range||0º to 360º|
|Over-rotation protection||Physical limit stops|
|Tracking mode||SPA based (open loop)|
|Control||Automated control box or RS-485 ASCII direct to PC|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||233 x 140 x 235 mm|
|Power supply and use||12 VDC, 34W in motion, 4W when idle, ~70 Whr/day|
|Operating temperature range||-25°C to +55 °C (-40°C to +65 °C optional)|
|Humidity range||0 to 100% RH|
|Standard cable length||10 m|
The go-to solution for a wide range of applications.
|Solar R&D||The most affordable and flexible direct irradiance measurement platform for R&D. The ST-5's software allows for unmatched flexibility in tracker control.|
|Meteorological networks||Upgrade your network with the ST-5 to realise lower longterm maintenance costs.|
|Solar resource assessment - DNI||The ST-5 makes on-site DNI measurements a feasible and affordable component of resource measurement campaigns - significantly reducing the expanded uncertainty of PV performance models.|
|Solar resource assessment - POAI||The ST-5 can be deployed in elevation-only mode, mounted with the SolarSIM-GPV, in order to measure spectrally corrected, plane-of-array irradiance. Thereby providing the most accurate assessment of the solar resource for modern PV plants.|
|Solar power plant O&M||Better monitor, understand and optimize your PV asset in real-time with on-site DNI measurements.|
|CSP & CPV||The ST-5 represents a big step towards routine, affordable DNI measurements for CSP and CPV plants.|
|Custom applications||The ST-5 Sun tracker can be controlled/programmed by the user to follow custom positioning algorithms.|
Why would I choose the ST-5 over other solar trackers?
The ST-5's embrace of modern PTU technology makes it the most cost-effective, direct irradiance measurement platform on the market.
What sensors can I mount on the ST-5?
The ST-5 is sensor agnostic. It can be used to mount our SolarSIM sensors, or any third-party pyrheliometer or pyranometer. A range of mounting fixtures are available to support all major sensor manufacturers.
What measurements can I perform with the ST-5?
The ST-5 currently supports direct irradiance measurements - either direct normal or direct global. Contact us if you would like to use the ST-5 to measure diffuse irradiance or global horizontal irradiance.
Does Spectrafy sell complete measurement systems?
Yes, we can provide you with a complete turn-key system so you can hit the ground running.