Introduction: Light Detector Solar Panel With Arduino

This is a project for those who use solar panels and want to increase the efficiency of them.

This project is a scaled down version of what can be achieved with bigger solar panels.

Step 1: Items You Will Need

Picture of Items You Will Need

Step 2: Attach the Motor to the Stand

Picture of Attach the Motor to the Stand

Step 3: Place the Sensors on the Corners of the Stand

Picture of Place the Sensors on the Corners of the Stand

Step 4: Wiring Up the Arduino

Picture of Wiring Up the Arduino

I used 10k ohm resistors.

Arduino code for this project :

https://pastebin.com/QjKL2rfy

Bellow you can find a tutorial on how to control a stepper motor with an Arduino :

Step 5: Starting It Up

Picture of Starting It Up

When you start it up the arduino will think that it is on the position 0, for this reason always position the solar panel accordingly.

Step 6: Final Thoughts

This idea can increase the efficiency of a solar panel so it is a good idea for those who live in a house

Comments

AlbertoE16 (author)2017-12-21

Hello! Where did you buy each element to make the project? Thanks

HowtoX (author)AlbertoE162017-12-22

Hi! The aluminium sheet and the plastic piece are from a hardware store. The solar panel and the Arduino with the light sensors are from aliexpress.com

KOTSOS5 (author)2017-12-14

Great project my friend and first time I see a light detector using a servo motor, an upgrade would be for the panel not just to turn to the four corners but in the midpoints also or where is the most light falling.

BrownDogGadgets (author)2017-12-11

Why a stepper motor over a standard servo motor? What is the advantage? (Just curious to hear why you choose one part over another.)

HowtoX (author)BrownDogGadgets2017-12-12

I used a stepper motor because i wanted it to be able to turn 360° and the only servo i had home could only achieve 180°. Other than that i don't prefer steppers over servos especially because the servos are easier to use. For the stepper I had to calculate how many impulses are needed for a full turn.

tytower (author)2017-12-10

Its usual to put up the "ino" file here so it stays together . Here it is . It compiles OK

tytower (author)tytower2017-12-11

Nah the powers don't let me put it up -how silly

AlbertoE16 (author)2017-12-10

Hello, where can I buy a small panel similar to that? Thanks.

HowtoX (author)AlbertoE162017-12-11

Hi.

https://www.banggood.com/12V-100mA-1_5W-Mini-Epoxy-Solar-Panel-Photovoltaic-Panel-p-987793.html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN

HowtoX (author)AlbertoE162017-12-11

I think you can find them on Ebay, Aliexpress and I am prietty shure in many more places, they are quite cheap

E.g.

https://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32840132710.html?spm=a2g0n.search-cache.0.0.3b776830VrHLjq#autostay

tytower (author)2017-12-10

Its better if you add it on here though

HowtoX (author)tytower2017-12-10

Okey, I will keep in mind that

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2017-12-10

Cool solar project. You should enter this into the Arduino contest that is currently running.

I would like to participate but residents of my country are banned from entering (for some unknown reason)

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