Solar Clock / Solar Tracker

This instructable was created in fulfillment of the project requirement of the Makecourse at the University of South Florida (
This device is a solar powered clock. Its aim was to provide a nice desk piece that was self sufficient, and accurate. There are two motors that control the motion of the panel. The device is able to connect to the internet via an ESP8266, where it can update the time and location information. The arduino microcontroller then calculates the position of the sun, and guides the panel to its location for maximum efficiency.
Since there are many different features on this device, I will focus on time keeping and the solar tracking algorithm, and separate them into their respective functions. All of these functions can be implemented with an arduino and ESP8266, or solely an ESP8266.”


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