TrinaTracker, Trina Solar’s smart tracker solution provider, has announced the global launch of the second generation of its Vanguard 2P tracker, equipped with the latest multi-motor control system.
The 2P configuration and the fewer-pile design features have been proven to significantly reduce BOS costs, especially for harsh soiling and scenarios with higher pile requirements. Harsh environments are increasing in prevalence globally with the decrease of flat land for solar plants. The Vanguard 2P (single-axis two-in-portrait tracker) has been the company’s main product since its first release in 2021. Its patented spherical bearing prevents misalignment, minimizes friction and reduces installation time and related costs. Trina Solar’s continuous module and tracker R&D capability has made the product perfectly compatible with ultra-high power modules and it maximizes a solar plant’s power generation. As of the end of 2022, TrinaTracker had delivered 3GW of Vanguard 2P trackers globally.
The second generation of Vanguard 2P adopts a multi-motor control system to replace the original mechanical method. In the new drive system, the main controller sends commands and the secondary controller receives them to drive the motors. The self-developed intelligent mechanism enables the synchronization of multiple motors to avoid potential structure failures, which can save time and O&M costs.
In addition to the multi-motor control system, the second generation of Vanguard 2P also improves the structure’s compatibility with larger-sized modules up to 695W. All these improvements reduce system costs, lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE), and result in a better fit for the most challenging sites.
Attending the new product launch, Andrew Gilhooly, head of Trina Solar for the Asia Pacific region, commented: “Over the past few years, we’ve seen more projects at sites with sloping terrains, in deserts and near coastal regions. This requires components to meet more stringent quality standards and incorporate more innovative developments to operate under these harsh scenarios. The second generation of Vanguard 2P aims to successfully overcome such challenges.”