SDLE SunFarm
Global SunFarm Network
Automated Image Processing

SDLE SunFarm

The SDLE SunFarm provides extensive outdoor exposure capabilities, including  fourteen Opel SF-20 dual axis trackers for samples and modules, with a capacity of more than 15,000 samples at 1-5x concentration, along with racking for fixed-mount modules. The SDLE Center also has collaborating partner outdoor exposure  facilities in  Arizona, Colorado, and Florida.


SunFarm Outdoor Trackers

Fourteen Opel SF-20 Trackers

  • Each tracker 4m x 5m
  • GPS-controlled tracking follows sun path, even on cloudy days

Computer-Generated simulation of SunFarm as viewed from the street

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Fixed Panel Mounting for Further Capacity

Over 130 Modules, 8,000 Samples On-Sun

  • Samples at 1x, 2x, 4x, 5x concentration

Proposed layout of samples and panels on trackers

Close-up of the sample mounts and concentrators

Daystar Multitracer for Time-Series Analysis

  • Measure IV curves on two trackers every 5 seconds, 24/7
  • Extrapolate power degradation rates using data mining analysis

Funding is provided by:

Funded Under TECH 11-060 and TECH 12-004