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Heliostat or Sun Tracker

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HEliostat or Solar tracker[edit]

Project developed by User:Pankaj Deshmukh
Status
This OSAT has been designed but not yet tested - use at own risk.
This OSAT has been prototyped.

Abstract[edit]

  • This project is designed so that it could be used for tracking the sun light and convert it to electrical power using the solar panel. I have very simple designs without curves and complexity. Integration is simple. Principal behind the working is simple. I have used simple photo resistors to track the sun light which are placed in the same plane of the solar panel to get maximum power output. I have attached scad and stl files below which shows the design of the setup. Because the electronic parts integration is also involved in this project, I have uploaded rest of the data on the other page where I have shown all the steps for integration of the mechanical design and the electrical circuit integration and the code explanation.

The link is here.....Big Money

Bill of Materials[edit]

  • PLA Filament ~ 22$ [1]
  • Painters Tape
  • Superglue

Source Code Files[edit]

Tools needed for fabrication of the OSAT[edit]

Skills and Knowledge Necessary to Make the OSAT[edit]

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit]

All these project needs is printing the parts with a 3D printer and assembling them using the instructions given in the page link given below.

Because the electronic parts integration is also involved in this project, I have uploaded rest of the data on the other page where I have shown all the steps for integration of the mechanical design and the electrical circuit integration and the code explanation.

The link is here.....Big Money

Common Problems and Solutions[edit]

  • Because the design is very simple there is just one problem you will face. It is the placement of the solar panel holder shaft--adjusting the length and gluing it together with the servo motor. But that too is fairly simple, you just need to do it carefully.

Cost savings[edit]

Because that's just printing part you will save 90% of the cost as needed for the other setups available in the market.

References[edit]