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Type Paper
Year 2024
Location London, ON, Canada
Cite as Citation reference for the source document. Jamil, U.; Vandewetering, N.; Sadat, S.A.; Pearce, J.M. Wood- and Cable-Based Variable Tilt Stilt-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Racking System. Designs 2024, 8, 6. academia open access, preprint
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The prohibitive costs of small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) racks decrease PV adoption velocity. To overcome these costs challenges, an open hardware design method is used to develop two novel variable tilt racking designs. These are the first stilt-mounted racking designs that allow for the manual change of the tilt angle from zero to 90 degrees by varying the length of cables. The racks are designed using the calculated dead, wind, and snow loads for Canada as a conservative design for most of the rest of the world. Structural capacities of the wooden members are then ascertained and the resisting bending moment, shear force, tensile force, and compressive force is calculated for them. A structural and truss analysis is performed to ensure that the racking design withstands the applicable forces. Moreover, the implications of changing the tilt angle on the wooden members/cables used to build the system are also determined. The systems offer significant economic savings ranging from one third to two thirds of the capital expenses of the commercially available alternatives. In addition, the racking designs are easy-to-build and require minimal manufacturing operations, which increases their accessibility. The stilt-mounted designs can be employed for agrivoltaic settings while allowing farm workers shaded, ergonomic access to perform planting, weeding, and harvesting.


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Keywords[edit | edit source]

Sustainable development; Open-source; Photovoltaic; Racking; racking; solar energy; biomaterials; wood; photovoltaic; mechanical design; balance of systems; renewable energy

See also[edit | edit source]

Open Source Photovoltaic Racking Approaches[edit source]


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Keywords energy, solar energy, solar power, photovoltaics, sustainable development, mechanical engineering, racking, biomaterials, wood, mechanical design, balance of systems, renewable energy, environmental
SDG SDG07 Affordable and clean energy, SDG08 Decent work and economic growth, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure, SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities
Authors U. Jamil, N. Vandewetering, S.A. Sadat; User:J.M.Pearce
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Organizations FAST, Western University
Language English (en)
Related 0 subpages, 24 pages link here
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Created January 9, 2024 by Joshua M. Pearce
Modified February 28, 2024 by Felipe Schenone
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