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How to generate a 2D tracker layout:
- Open Frame & park settings window.
- Start off by defining your module parameters.
- Then turn on single-axis trackers by selecting Single-axis trackers from the Framing type input.
- You can then enter your tracker motor gap size, number of joints, joint gap size and so forth.
- Clicking on Custom will open up additional settings for the tracker customization.
- Afterwards, enter your pitch distance in the Park parameters tab to adjust the placement of defined tracker system.
2. Open Layout generation settings window.
- Select your units: Milimeters, Meters, Feet, Inches. This depends on the scale of your site survey.
- Be sure to unmark Topographical layout for generating a 2D PV layout.
- Restriction zone layer is automatically selected as PVcase Offsets - trackers won't be generated in closed areas of this layer.
3. Prepare area for 2D PV generation.
- Draw a PV area with a polyline and close it to create a closed geometrical shape - boundary.
- Draw Restriction zones if needed, which have to also be in a closed geometrical shape.
- Restriction zones have to be on the PVcase offsets layer or any other layer that you use in Layout generation settings.
4. Generate single area or multiple areas.
- To generate a single PV area select Generate single area.
- After clicking on the button you will be prompted to select PV area.
At this point you can also select alignment type in the command line (or press the down keyboard button to bring out the drop-down list).
The default type is Two-way alignment.
- Auto alignment – automatically fill selected area maintaining motor gaps in one horizontal line;
- Two-way alignment – generate trackers from left or right towards top or bottom;
- Line alignment – trackers are generated and aligned to a two-point line inside the PV area while also maintaining motor gaps in one horizontal line.
1 - Auto alignment
Auto alignment is used to find the best option for your PV area by not aligning to any specific side but rather finding the optimal starting point to fit in as many trackers as possible while keeping the motor gaps in one horizontal line.
2 - Two-way alignment
For the two-way alignment you have 4 different alignment options.
I.e.: if you choose a point in the top left of your area you will have the software generating trackers from the left side through the upper part boundary of the PV area.
Here's a quick example of how this would look if we were to choose the top-left point.
3 - Line alignment
Line alignment is mostly useful for advanced users that want to keep the tracker motor gaps in one diagonal row and fill up as much capacity as possible in an unevenly shaped PV area.
After selecting line alignment you have to draw a line to which trackers will be aligned to. The maximum amount of line points is 2, therefore if you draw a line of 3 points only the first 2 will be used.
Once you draw the line press Enter.
If the PV area has previously generated frames they will be deleted before new frames are generated.