US Digital's T7 Networked Absolute Inclinometer

DN Staff

April 10, 2010

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US Digital's T7 Networked Absolute Inclinometer

The T7 is a sealed, rugged, high resolutioninclinometer based on MEMS accelerometer technology. It operates over a full360 degrees of rotation and communicates by either a serial or CAN interface.The T7 was specifically designed for concentrating solar power applications andcan be easily mounted on a mirror or trough assembly to provide angularposition relative to gravity. The product is designed for harsh outdoorenvironments by utilizing a UV stabilized polymer material and sealing to meetIP67 standards. The T7 is also fully programmable to provide the bestperformance for each solar application. The T7 provides a very simple means ofdetermining the exact angular position relative to gravity for a rotatingmember in a concentrating solar application. Concentrating solar applicationsrequire very precise positioning of the moving reflective member relative tothe sun in order to provide maximum conversion efficiency. The T7 solves thisrequirement by supplying high resolution and high accuracy information to thesolar control loop such that the concentrating solar application cancontinuously peak its energy production as the sun moves from dawn to dusk. TheT7 differentiates from itscompetition by offering very high angular accuracy (0.1 degrees) over a full360 degrees of rotation, high resolution (up to 36,000 positions per 360degrees), low cost ($225 single unit), positional stability over 0 to 70 Ctemperature range and the choice of either RS232 or CANcommunication. Competition offers high angular accuracy over a limitedangle of rotation, lower resolutions, much higher single unit costs and outputsare many times not serial communication but rather analog or current loopoutputs. The T7 provides the exact requirements for Solar Tracking Systems.

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