About this device
Keywords 3D printing, arduino, heliostat, solar power, glue, plastic
Uses energy, industry, development
Authors Pankaj Deshmukh
Pankaj Deshmukh
Status Designed
Prototyped
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Published 2014
Designed in Michigan, USA
Affiliations MTU
MOST
MY4777
Cost USD $ 22
SDGs SDG07 Affordable and clean energy
SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
SDG12 Responsible consumption and production
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Instructions data
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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 | edit source]

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

Source Code Files[edit | edit source]

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]