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Corrosion-resistant chains ensure it is always sunny

01 March 2022

A manufacturer of rotating solar panels, which track the sun as it travels across the sky, has switched from an underperforming drive chain to a long-life, corrosion-resistant chain made by Tsubaki. This has reduced the need for expensive in-field maintenance and frequent replacement, thus shortening the payback time of every installation.

Spain has re-emerged as a leader in both the development and deployment of photovoltaic technologies as a renewable source of power. A pioneer in the field in the years following the Millennium, it lost some momentum when the global financial turndown of 2008 led to it introducing a steep solar tax on existing and new installations.

Since then, the renewable energy contribution to Spain's national energy mix has strongly increased, reaching 38 percent in 2019, according to the International Energy Agency, and, at the latest count in 2020, nearly 44 percent. As a result of much of Spain's year-round sunlight exposure, a significant proportion of the country's renewable energy mix comes from solar energy.

Read the full article in the March issue of DPA

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