Let's Make Robots!

Solar Tracker

Tracks the sun and moves a solar panel

This is a solar tracker that I'm working on.  It's a stationary robot that will keep a pair of solar panels perpendicular with the sun so that they can charge batteries.  I only have one panel on it, but in the end, there will be two.  By the time I was able to test it, it was already dark so I walked around with a high powered halogen lamp in order to simulate the sun and have the robot track me.  I still have a bit of testing to do, but for the most part, it works. 

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Yeah, it is a little flimsy to be out on windy days.  I put wheels on it so I can wheel it indoors if I needed to.  As for the sensor setup, thanks for the ideas.  I will probably remake the pyramid soon.

 

Gabe