Our design is a passive solar panel tracker using fundamentals of thermodynamics. A fixed solar tracker only operates at peak efficiency for a short period during the day. Our tracker uses the sun's energy to power pistons that push the panel to face the sun throughout the day, increasing efficiency.
Mechanical Engineering Design Project (UMSL JME 410)
Stretch, Bob; Eimer, James; and Kraus, Patrick, "JME 4110- Solar Panel Tracker" (2017). Washington University / UMSL Mechanical Engineering Design Project JME 4110. 7.