Solar

Solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), indirectly using concentrated solar power, or a combination. Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaic cells convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect. Photovoltaics were initially solely used as a source of electricity for small and medium-sized applications, from the calculator powered by a single solar cell to remote homes powered by an off-grid rooftop PV system. Commercial concentrated solar power plants were first developed in the 1980s. The 392 MW Ivanpah installation is the largest concentrating solar power plant in the world, located in the Mojave Desert of California.

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Solar Powered Rotating Strawberry Tower

“Here is a scenario: - You live in an apartment and you have a small balcony, or you live in a house with no garden. - You want to grow a lot of strawberries (or other veggies) on a very small place …

MicroPython Vegetable Garden Automation Tutorial

“This project adds solar powered sensors and home automation to my vegetable garden and transmits the data using MQTT for review and control on a mobile app. The canopy protects the vegetables from deer, squirrels and other pests. It also …

Automatic Solar Powered Chicken Door

“How to create and program a door that open and close at sunrise and sunset, powered by solar panel. I wanted to build something with an arduino since I have received and completed an “arduino starter kit”. Therefore, this project …

Predicting Solar Panel Voltage output with AI

“In this project, we will be using SensiML and QuickLogic QuickFeather to predict Solar Panel Voltage at different irradiance levels. Story Great minds worked in coordination to create this essential asset for the human race. Development and generation of electricity …

Forest Guardian

“A low-power solar-run device that detects illegal logging of wood at the edge using acoustic data. Story Nearly 19 million acres of forests are destroyed annually, equal to 27 football pitches a minute. Forests serve as homes for thousands of …

Making Your Own Photovoltaic 5V System

“This uses a buck converter as a 5V Output to charge the battery(Li Po/Li-ion). And Boost converter for 3.7V battery to 5V USB output for devices needed 5 V. Similar to the Original system that uses Lead …

Internet of things (IoT)-based solar tracker

“The proposed IoT solution can be employed in various fields to connect devices or things to the internet. This project presents a simple and low-cost IoT solution to monitor and control a smart dual-axis solar tracker system for performance evaluation …

Build a Solar-Powered Weather Station

““How is the weather?” In modern times, for a reliable answer to that question, you’re much better off asking a machine than a human. Wouldn’t it be fun to build such a device yourself? With that in mind …

DIY Automated Watering System

“In this project I will be showing you how to create an automated watering system. My system is made for my greenhouse, but you can use the general principle for pretty much everything and everywhere. The system uses LoRa for …

Solar-Powered Crypto Mining with Raspberry Pi

“Learn how to create a solar-powered cryptocurrency “mining rig” with cloud-based reporting on a Raspberry Pi using a PiJuice and Notecard. So you’re ready to cash in on this cryptocurrency thing, but you’re also concerned about the electricity …