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Solar Tracking System
Keywords: solar energy, tracking system, photoresistor
Solar panels have been increasingly used in recent years to convert solar energy to electrical energy. The solar panels can be used either as stand-alone systems or as large systems connected to electricity grids. In order to maximize, the conversion from solar to electrical energy, the solar panels should be positioned perpendicular to the sun. Thus the tracking of the sun's location and positioning of the solar panel are important. The goal of this project is to design an automatic tracking system, which can locate the position of the sun. The tracking system will move the solar panel so that it is positioned towards the sun for maximum energy conversion at all time during the day. The system consists of light sensing system, microcontroller, gear motor system, and a solar panel. The system could improve the conversion up to 40% as compared to solar panels with no tracking systems.
Nhat Vu,
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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