Heliostat or Sun Tracker

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Heliostat or Sun Tracker
Description 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.
Keywords 3D printing, arduino, heliostat, solar power
Made? Yes
Documentation data
Language English
Manifest data
Language eng
Updated 2020-06-04
Author Kathy Nativi
Author affiliation Appropedia

HEliostat or Solar tracker

Project developed by User:Pankaj Deshmukh

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Abstract

  • 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

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

Source Code Files

Tools needed for fabrication of the OSAT

Skills and Knowledge Necessary to Make the OSAT

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions

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

  • 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

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

References