Flex has been granted a patent for a solar tracker apparatus with an adjustable hanger assembly and a clam shell hanger assembly. The apparatus includes a torque tube, solar modules, a drive device, a clamp assembly, a solar panel energy source, and an electronic module. The energy system allows full operation movement without external power lines. GlobalData’s report on Flex gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Solar tracker apparatus with adjustable hanger assembly and energy system

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Flex Ltd

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11967921B2) discloses a solar tracker apparatus designed to efficiently orient solar modules for optimal energy generation. The apparatus includes a torque tube defining a single axis of rotation, with a drive device to rotate the tube and solar modules. A unique clamp assembly supports the torque tube in an off-set position, while a solar panel energy source powers the drive device. An electronic module is secured to the torque tube, ensuring efficient operation with minimal energy consumption. The design allows for precise alignment of the solar modules and effective utilization of solar energy.

Furthermore, the patent details a solar tracker apparatus with additional features such as a micro-controller, inclinometer, and self-powering energy source. The micro-controller controls the drive device based on the tilt measured by the inclinometer, ensuring optimal positioning of the solar modules. The self-powering energy source, mounted on the torque tube, powers the drive device efficiently, with the apparatus requiring less than 15 Watt-hours per day of operation without an external energy source. These innovative features enhance the functionality and sustainability of the solar tracker apparatus, making it a promising solution for maximizing solar energy utilization in various applications.

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