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Solar Tracking System using Arduino

Author(s):

Nidhi S. Nadkarni , Don Bosco College of Engineering; Kimberly Morais, Don Bosco College of Engineering; Bijo Raju, Don Bosco College of Engineering; Meldon X. Fernandes, Don Bosco College of Engineering

Keywords:

Solar panel, LDR, Stepper motors, solar energy

Abstract

With the ever increasing scarcity of non-renewable resources we have seen that the masses have increasingly changed their priorities to alternate resources of energy. We also know that among all the available resources we have sun which is the most easily available resource and the highlight of this resource is that it can be converted to electrical energy .A popular fact is that a solar panel can convert solar energy into electrical energy but as we see the sun’s position from east to west, to track the sun is a tedious task so the proposed work in this paper solves the issue of the current scenario where the sun cannot be tracked respectively .This paper is proposed on the basis of a solar panel which is coupled to a stepper motor for tracking the sun energy so as to get the maximum energy derived from the sun onto the panel to extract the energy at any time of the year. We also see that the proposed idea is induced such as to get better output than the fixed panel. The system used in this scenario is tested and is workable so as to yield best results compared to the static solar panel, the system is also capable of giving phenomenal outputs so as making it the best option for high efficiency, solar harvesting applications. In future this model can be improved by using a real time clock to follow the sun. Thus helping in marinating the intended required position of the solar panel for instance even if the power is interrupted for some time.

Other Details

Paper ID: IJSRDV5I11037
Published in: Volume : 5, Issue : 1
Publication Date: 01/04/2017
Page(s): 1656-1658

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