Solar Tracking Systems

Project: Solar Tracking Systems
Description: Design development and fabrication of “high efficiency counterbalanced dual axis solar tracking array frame systems”. Designed and fabricated with rectangular aluminum tubing, waterjet aluminum components, stainless steel and bronze fasteners and bushings with ball screw linear actuators. Glendon Good is author of the design schematics, shop plans, specifications, drawings for provisional patent applications and for structural engineering analysis. Four complete prototype units were designed, engineered and fabricated by Glendon Good at his workshop in Sedona. He also provided shop plans, drawings and fabrication specifications for outside manufacturing of fifth prototype for ground-mounted installation.
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Client: Sedona Energy Labs, LC, Flagstaff, Arizona, Mark Scanlon, Principal
Year: 2009-2010
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First working model of dual-axis solar tracking system at Glendon’s workshop.
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Glendon Good testing the first model.
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Second working prototype intended for roof mounted installation.
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Second working prototype
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Second working prototype design specifications
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Third dual-axis solar array frame prototype designed by Glendon Good for ground mounted installation.
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Patent application rendering based on Glendon Good’s design.
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Third working prototype being tested at Glendon Good’s workshop.
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Third working prototype detail of flexible stainless steel electrical conduits.
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Patent application rendering based on Glendon Good’s design.
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Third working prototype showing combined panel clamping mechanism and pivot operation designed by Glendon Good.
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Third “RES2″ prototype design schematics. All drawings and specifications by Glendon Good.
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Fourth working prototype in carport configuration undergoing testing in the workshop.
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Fourth prototype in carport configuration being fabricated at Glendon’s workshop.
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Sedona Energy Labs’ Michael Marquess, Scott Moore and Mark Scamlon standing before prototype numbers 3 and 4 at the Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technology (NACET). Photo: azdailysun
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Fourth working prototype in carport configuration above and third version below while being designed, fabricated and tested at Glendon Good’s workshop.
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Fourth prototype carport design schematics.
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Connection details of the fourth prototype in carport configuration. Note the unique clamping and pivoting mechanism designed by Glendon Good.
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Patent application rendering based on Glendon Good’s design.
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Sedona Energy Labs folks Michael Marquess, Scott Moore, and Mark Scanlon (driver) loading up the completed  forth prototype at Glendon Good’s work shop in Sedona.
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Fifth working prototype ground mounted, Glendon Good confirming design specifications.
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Preliminary fabrication plans and design specifications for fifth prototype, ground mounted
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Preliminary design schematics for fifth prototype, ground mounted, installed in Sedona Arizona.
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Patent application rendering based on Glendon Good’s design.
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Video:
Glendon testing the first working prototype in his studio on 11/19/2009.

 

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“The response to the demo on the tour was overwhelmingly positive, and the appreciation of your expertise and craftsmanship was impressive. Sedona Energy Labs greatly values your contributions. You have done a beautifull job and I do appreciate your design and fabrication expertise.” Mark Scanlon, President, Sedona Energy Labs, LC, Flagstaff, Arizona -March 2010

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Click to see the Patent Application based on Glendon Good’s designs.
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Read more:
Click image below to see article in the Sedona Red Rock News
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