November 06, 2012

DIY Solar Tracking Device with Arduino

 In order to track the sun as as the Earth rotates (or as the sun moves across the sky...) Greek technologist Costas Rooster has created a an Arduino-based device which calculates the position of the sun (in elevation and azimuth) and then positions a panel using motors and hydraulics to face the sun. It's an ideal base for solar-tracking devices and increasing the efficiency of solar panels. In the following video the entire process and result is quickly documented:

An interesting project, and all the information can be found here (opens in Google Translate). And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If this type of project is of interest, you will enjoy the book  "Practical Arduino" by Jonathan Oxer and Hugh Blemings:

Using this book you can create your own Arduino-based designs, gain an in-depth knowledge of the architecture of Arduino, and learn the easy-to-use Arduino language all in the context of practical projects that you can build yourself at home. Get hands-on experience using a variety of projects and recipes for everything from home automation to test equipment. For more information and to order, click here

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