Sun Tracking Solar Panel

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Sun Tracking Solar Panel

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Product Description

The project uses a solar panel coupled to a stepper motor to track the Sun so that maximum sun light is incident upon the panel at any given time of the day. This is better compared to light sensing method that may not be accurate always for example during cloudy days.

With the impending scarcity of nonrenewable resources, people are considering to use alternate sources of energy. From all other available resources sun energy is the most abundant and it’s comparatively easy to convert it to electrical energy.

Use of solar panel to convert sun’s energy to electrical is very popular, but due to transition of the Sun from east to west the fixed solar panel may be able to generate optimum energy. The proposed system solves the problem by an arrangement for the solar panel to track the Sun.

This tracking movement is achieved by coupling a stepper motor to the solar panel such that the panel maintains its face always perpendicular to the Sun to generate maximum energy. This is achieved by using a programmed microcontroller to deliver stepped pulses in periodical time intervals for the stepper motor to rotate the mounted panel as desired.

The microcontroller used in this project is from 8051 family. The stepper motor is driven by an interfacing IC as the controller is not capable of handling the power requirements of the stepper motor. The project is provided with a dummy solar panel which can be used for demonstration purpose only.

Further the project can be enhanced by using RTC (Real Time Clock) to follow the Sun. This helps in maintaining the required position of the panel even if the power is interrupted for some time.

Project Highlights

  • Easy to use, Self-explanatory kit.
  • All-inclusive solution kit.
  • Extensive audio-visuals available.
  • Branding-free material.
  • Pre-programmed Microcontroller.
  • Call/mail for Tech Support from 10 am - 7 pm.
  • Can be Customized for Arduino, Raspberry Pi, PIC

Block Diagram

Hardware Requirements

  • 8051 series Microcontroller
  • Dummy Solar Panel
  • Stepper Motor
  • Voltage Regulator
  • Diodes
  • Relay driver IC
  • Transformer

Software Requirements

  • Keil compiler
  • Language: Embedded C or Assembly

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User Reviews

electronicshub

"I live in Hyderabad, a place that is known for engineering colleges. Went with frnd and bought a set from Ameerpet(tht hs rdymade stuff like this) and it failed just b4 viva. Thats when we got this thx to a senior who is sorta like a geek.. and let me tell u.. Its one reason why me and my frnds got thru the final sem. Works great and is useful too later.. "

Ravi Teja
Order No: HYF1290
electronicshub

"A must-buy. It helped me practice in real time and learn how to make a project by looking at an actual workable unit. (fyi - you get a fully built unit and another full set of components to build another by yourself) so it was great value for us. We shared the costs by 3 (our team for the project) but i got to keep my unit as the other two kept the original. Showed it for my on-campus and got thru too becuase it not just looked neat and profesionally bt worked great later. (still have it in my room, now working with GE in Bangalore) "

Anusha
Order No: BLR2933
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"We have used it for our institution - it is available in lab and has been good for explaining various models in live during class. Strongly suggest every college dept to have it for labs as it is working well - even with regular use at lab for more than 1 year. Note:We got the unit complementarity before launch in 2014 and have later purchased few batches. The team behind it is professional and know what electronics students need and i am writing this review on their request on 13/05/2016"

Mr. Ramesh Kumar Jha
Order No: BQF3698

Q&A

Q:  Which microcontroller is used in this project?

A:  A 40 pin 8051 microcontroller is used in this project.

Q:  What is sun tracking?

A:  Sun tracking is following the direction of incidence of sun light by placing the active face of Solar panel so as to track the maximum sunlight.

Q:  What is the solar panel used in this project?

A:  3V, 1.5W solar panel is used in this project.

Q:  What is the motor used to track the sun?

A:  A bipolar stepper motor is used to track the sun.

Q:  Will you provide solar plate in this kit?

A:  Yes we provide the solar plate along with the project, but is has limitations.

Q:  Whether solar panel is included or not?

A:  Yes solar panel ( 3V, 1.5W) is included along with the project

Q:  Is this project using any light sensor for tracking the sun?

A:  Using Photo diode/ LDR light sensing method is too primitive and goes erratic in cloudy and dusty time. We provide better concept in time division mode for 12 hours in steps for tracking the sun in day time and rest 12 hours of the night to trace back to the start. This is highly reliable.

Q:  What is the formula for calculating smoothing capacitor value?

A:  There is some approximated formula .Peak to peak ripple voltage = Load current in amps / (2*line frequency in hertz *capacitance in farads). But as rule of thumb for 1 A current 1000uF is best. Thus it is load dependent.

Q:  Why did you not choose LDR based (photo) solar tracking?

A:  The Photo method goes erratic in cloudy and dusty time. We provide better type in the time division concept.

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