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Journal of Energy in Southern Africa

On-line version ISSN 2413-3051
Print version ISSN 1021-447X

Abstract

KANYARUSOKE, Kant E; GRYZAGORIDIS, Jasson  and  OLIVER, Graeme. Are solar tracking technologies feasible for domestic applications in rural tropical Africa?. J. energy South. Afr. [online]. 2015, vol.26, n.1, pp.86-95. ISSN 2413-3051.

That solar tracking improves energy yields from solar harvest systems is not debatable. Nor is the under powering of tropical Africa amidst plenty of energy resources - including solar. This paper presents a review of recent literature on tracking as applied to domestic solar harnessing devices. The purpose is to find basic requirements in design of a suitable solar tracker for the region's rural homes. It is concluded that Single axis passive trackers possibly will stand better chances of acceptability in the region.

Keywords : tropical Africa; solar tracking; solar energy; domestic application.

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