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Self-powered solar tracking system part 3 : system integration and testing

Abdul Muthalif, Asan Gani and Hafiz, Dhairul and Shafiq, Haris (2011) Self-powered solar tracking system part 3 : system integration and testing. In: Mechatronics Book Series: System design and Signal Processing - Volume 2. IIUM Press, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 19-24. ISBN 9789674181321

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Solar energy is the least polluting and most inexhaustible of all known energy sources. The sun bathers the earth with more energy each minute then the world consumes in one year. In Malaysia, the sun intensity does not vary with season. It is a suitable place to develop the solar cell system. To make solar energy more efficient, the solar panel system must be optimized. This project is regarding the development of a sun tracking solar system [1, 2]. This system is a simple tracking solar system using linear actuator, motor and light sensor. The solar tracking system used in this method could increase the power collection efficiency by developing a device that can track the sun to keep the panel at normal to its rays. To utilize the power, this system is made self-powered using the mechanism of battery charging. The design of the tracking system consists of both mechanical and electrical parts. For mechanical part, we need to control the tilt angle of the panel according to the elevation angle of the sun [3-5]. The movement of the panel controlled by the actuators must be accurate according to the sun position. There are several types of actuators and motors those are commonly used for tracking system. For the electrical part, we need to affix the functions of autonomous using electronics components such as Arduino microcontroller [6], motor driver. The self-powered feature need electrical component that can integrate between photovoltaic panel, batteries and load supply. The system modelling is discussed in chapter 2 and system design is discussed in chapter 3. This chapter discusses the system integration and testing with a discussion on results.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 3352/24589
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-powered solar tracking system
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechatronics Engineering
Depositing User: Ir. Ts. Dr Asan Gani Abdul Muthalif
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2012 12:02
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2012 12:02
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/24589

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