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Nextracker Launches NX Horizon XTR-1.5 and Zonal Diffuse to Address Challenges Faced by Solar EPCs

The product suite combines hardware, smart software, and process innovations to deliver value to solar EPCs and owners.

September 14, 2023. By Anurima Mondal

Solar solutions provider Nextracker announced the unveiling of next-generation innovations- NX Horizon XTR-1.5 and Zonal Diffuse. Each of these releases builds upon proven technology that has been delivered to utility scale solar power plants for three or more years. The product suite combines hardware, smart software, and process innovations to deliver value to owners and EPCs.
Speaking on the launch, Nextracker founder and CEO, Dan Shugar said, “Our product development priorities are informed by listening to customers and innovating to create value for them. The suite of hardware and software technologies launched today benefits customers by accelerating construction, reducing risk in extreme hail, and generating more energy in rapidly changing atmospheric conditions. These technologies deliver improved solar project profitability and expand the geographic areas where solar is cost effective, furthering our vision of a world powered by renewables.”
Expressing enthusiasm on the launch, Rajeev Kashyap, Vice President and General Manager, Nextracker, “I am incredibly excited about Nextracker's dedication to innovation and sustainability through the launch of these state-of-the-art technologies. As we advance our solar energy initiatives in India, where we encounter distinctive challenges like unpredictable weather conditions and varying landscapes, Nextracker's solutions become indispensable in ensuring the success and optimization of solar projects throughout our nation. These technologies bear immense importance for India, enabling us to harness solar power efficiently and reshape our energy landscape."
Nextracker’s latest innovation for hilly sites doubles the capability of the popular NX Horizon XTRTM terrain following tracker, which has been proven on dozens of utility scale projects and in-use since 2019. NX Horizon XTR-1.5 significantly reduces and even eliminates earthwork on extreme terrain sites, without complex joints or additional components. XTR can save many tons of steel with shorter piles and thousands of cubic yards of cut and fill; with the benefits of accelerating construction schedules, minimizing environmental impact, and reducing project risk. Minimizing disturbance also prevents long-term soil erosion and preserves habitats, an important factor when it comes to ease of permitting for new projects.
Nextracker has expanded TrueCapture’s yield optimization and control software with Zonal DiffuseTM, a new tracking function which enhances energy generation during rapidly changing irradiance conditions. This new technology includes additional high spatial resolution sensing and new control algorithms, adjusting trackers to variations in cloud cover across the entire power plant. Plants equipped with Zonal Diffuse can 'chase clouds' for additional gains, without compromising tracking performance during clear sky conditions. Zonal Diffuse complements TrueCapture’s terrain-adaptive Row-to-Row tracking mode and Split Boost, a tracking optimization algorithm for half-cell modules.

Nextracker has retained the leading global market share position for the 8th consecutive year, according to WoodMackenzie Power & Renewables for solar tracking, having shipped more than 75 GW of solar generation as of the end of 2022.
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