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April 22, 2011

Diy Solar Tracker using spare parts

at 4:30 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


This solar tracking system uses an antenna motor which is normally used to spin an old school roof mounted antenna around. The structure is home made from some satellite dish parts and unistrut as the main frame of the solar panels. I was expecting to see several light sensors and some circuitry to see where the sun was and constantly follow it like we have seen before. But actually uses a remote control that can have time programmed events to send signals to the original remote control box for the antenna motor. It just slowly moves it all day to follow where the sun should be. Nice simple design, I automatically jumped to a solution which was overly complicated.

Watch the video below to see the other panels in his system and how everything is connected. He is using grid tie inverters to allow the power that he is generating to be sold back to the electrical company.



 

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4 Responses to “Diy Solar Tracker using spare parts”

  1. Electronics-Lab.com Blog » Blog Archive » Diy Solar Tracker using spare parts Says:

    [...] writes: [via] My solar tracker i made out of 2 harbor freight solar kits,2 pieces of uni strut a channel master [...]

  2. Whatnot Says:

    What someone should develop is a solar AND helicopter tracker, then direct a large mirror in the right angle to reflect the sun to the chopper, and then sell the whole setup to the rich and famous (and the wanted and the weed growers)

    And give one for free to me for the idea?

    I put this idea out free to use by anybody but the military nor law enforcement nor large conglomerates that have a turnaround of more than 300 million.
    The Whatnot license scheme I guess you can call it :)

  3. A Simple DIY Solar Tracker - Hack a Day Says:

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  4. airheat pumps Says:

    Solar trackers are also great investments as they positioned to the sun’s direct light gathering more solar energy for generation. They also work best for areas with minimal sunlight as they help gather maximum amount of energy.

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