Sun-Tracking Solar Panel

Created on 08 Nov 2017

Solar panel that orients itself towards the sun

Using linear actuators and an Arduino-controlled photosensor, the system will calculate and rotate to the angle of maximum irradiation.

@tjshah

Tanvi Shah

@kjchin

Kami Chin

@nprakas1

Nina Prakash

@ceq

Cesar Quinones

@fandujar

Frank Andujar

Part Cost Quantity Total
ACME Hex Nut (ID: 94815A007) $2.08 2 $4.16
Steel ACME Hex Nut (1/4"-16)
12V Rechargeable Battery $33.99 1 $33.99
12V 18A battery with nuts and bolts
Arduino Uno $24.95 1 $24.95
Arduino Uno R3 for sensor input
ASTM A193 Steel ACME Lead Screw $18.97 1 $18.97
Right Hand, 1/4"-16 Thread Size, 3 Feet Long
Aluminum T Slot Bars (ID: 47065T101) $31.59 2 $63.18
T-slotted framing, 1"x1", for frame
Aluminum Casing (ID: 9056K36 2ft) $14.98 1 $14.98
2ft long 6061 Aluminum Tube ( ID= .75", OD = 1") used to encase the threaded rod.
Aluminum Rectangular Tube (ID:6546k43 1/2ft) $11.10 1 $11.10
6061 Aluminum Rectangular Tube (2.5x2.5x6 and 1/8in thick) which will be used as a housing.
Aluminum L Brackets (ID: 8982k11 3ft) $9.82 1 $9.82
3ft of 1x1 inch Aluminum L brackets will be used to connect the Extruded Aluminum Slots
T-Nut Slots and Bolts $15.79 1 $15.79
T-Nut Slots and Bolts (25 pack)
Eye Bolts (ID: 3013T45) $2.86 4 $11.44
Eye bolts used as pivots for the linear actuators.
Aluminum Piston (ID: 9056k91 2ft) $15.05 1 $15.05
2ft long 6061 Aluminum Tube ( ID= .555", OD = .625") used to encase the threaded rod.
10 mm photoresistors $3.75 1 $3.75
10 mm photoresistors for sensing (5 per order)
Stepper Motor $36.00 2 $72.00
Stepper Motors used to power the linear actuators.
Project Totals: 19 $299.18
Track 1 Base Budget: $300.00
Preferred Vendor Budget Bonus: $0.00
Remaining Budget: $0.82