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PROJECT 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
Branding-free material.
Call/mail for Tech Support from 10 am - 7 pm.
Pre-programmed Microcontroller.
All-inclusive solution kit.
Easy to use, Self-explanatory kit.
Extensive audio-visuals available.
BLOCK DIAGRAM
Hardware Requirements
  • 8051 series Microcontroller
  • Dummy Solar Panel
  • Stepper Motor
  • Voltage Regulator
  • Diodes
  • Relay driver IC
  • Transformer
Software Requirements
  • Keil compiler
  • Languages: Embedded C or Assembly
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.
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Pankaj Sharma, Jaipur on 6th June, 2016, 04:44 PM

I came to edgefx through google while myself and my friend searching for projects in google then we got edgefx website. So, we have directly visited the website.
We have decided to buy project from edgefx because we found our project title in edgefx that is why we purchased project from edgefx. I like most about edgefx kit is complete kit.
the kit was delivered in time with right components
the support team has helped me in purchasing the project.

avinash kumar, chennai on 4th June, 2016, 05:10 PM

One of my friend has suggested me the edgefx website. So, i have directly gone through the website.
I have decided to purchase project from edgefx because i saw the audio visuals in the web site. I like it alot.
the kit was delivered on time with right components my friend has already purchased a project from edgefx. So, he has helped me purchasing the project.
please make sure that increase more and more advanced projects for upcoming students.
i would like to give reference to my juniors.

sreerag P, Kannur on 26th November, 2015, 03:33 PM

I came to know about Edgefx while I was searching for my Academic project in Google along with my friend.
Since Edgefx is providing readymade kit also so decided to buy my project from Edgefx. I liked the circuit diagrams and explanation of video.
I purchase through online

Kalikaprasad Mukherjee, Mumbai on 9th November, 2015, 01:54 PM

One of my sir has been suggested to take the project from edgefx.
we are interested to buy the do it yourself kit.
we purchased it through online.

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