Solid state electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect.

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Issue charging a 12V battery using solar charger

I bought a 12V solar charger for vehicle batteries, because I am usually using wall chargers and I wanted to give green technology a try. When I connect the solar charger to my battery, it shows 10V, ...
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Power supply for Raspberry Pi

Before you tell me that the question has already been asked, only similar things have been asked. I need to power a Raspberry Pi with some electrical equipment attached to it. The Pi needs to run ...
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Why does my DIY “solar panel circuit” show battery voltage and not solar panel voltage? [duplicate]

I have six solar panels but each are different from one another. The first is 4.5V. The second is 6V. And the last four are all equal up to 6V. It all adds up to 16.5V in series or on a good sunny ...
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Battery recharging via solar panel

I am trying to use rechargeable batteries. If I recharge two of the below batteries via the solar panel below, how many hours will it need to recharge to 100%? Likewise, what if I recharge four ...
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Will this be able to run 24/7? [closed]

I'm trying to find out if I can run an appliance of mine can off the grid, completely on solar power and a battery. The appliance uses 4.91 amps and uses 110 volts on the power cord. The solar panel ...
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DIY 5v Solar Panels

In a nutshell : What is a good way to power a 5V project with one-two 0.5 V solar cells? The motivation is as follows: My project needs about 2.5-5 Watts from the solar panel. Also, this project ...
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Solar panel system with as minimal reliance on the grid

I am not sure if this is the best place to ask, but I am trying to make a solar panel system which will charge batteries with excess energy and will be connected to the mains (i am going to try the ...
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Solar power monitoring with Raspberry Pi

I want to measure the current and voltage from a set of small solar panels (about 10V and 100mA but not settled yet) using a Raspberry Pi. There will be between 4 and 6 panels. This project will ...
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Solar panel and dc motor

I want to run a 130V dc motor 2hp. I have 6 solar panel 120V dc out. I connected them in series to the motor directly and it runs, but when I check the voltage at the terminal when it is running it ...
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Using current measurments for smart charging a battery

I've been doing some reading on smart charging a battery, and I hope to create a system that can charge batteries with the use of a solar panel. Most of the reading I've encoutered utilises the ...
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Neophyte question about AC vs. DC (especially for powering a home)

Here in the United States the electricity grid is AC. I have heard that AC allows transmission of power at greater distances with less loss. However, with the advent of solar panels, it would seem ...
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Handling overvoltage in 12 volt system

I have a small 12v system for my cottage with a solar panel, charge regulator and a battery. Mostly used to charge phones and to drive a few lights. Now I'm planning to connect a inductive load ...
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What are some of the segmented displays with the lowest power consumption?

I have to select a low-power display for a solar-powered digital clock. I have looked into numerous technologies, including e-ink. However, I was still unable to compare between them due to the lack ...
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Automatically changing currently used and charged deep cycle batteries, any problem?

I don't know the internals of commercial solar deep cycle battery chargers, though mostly what I see in home made ones is that a regulator circuit is connected to battery, and when you want to use the ...
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Disconnect PV string from inverter and connect to charge controller on grid failure

I'm designing a PV system where a string of panels is connected to a normal grid tied inverter, but when the grid fails, I want to switch the string to feed a charge controller that will top off a ...
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Solar array not charging batteries

I just installed a solar array to charge an existing battery system. Even with full sun my charge controller is not receiving enough voltage to go into charge mode. All the system info is below. ...
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What wattage solar panel required for AC 1000 watts

If my house load is 1000 Watts AC/220V, then 1000 Watts DC/12V solar panels is not enough. What wattage solar panel would be required for AC 1000 watts?
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Solar charger under rapidly varying conditions/impendance

My solar equipment consists of: Solar panel capable of: 20V Peak / 3.6A Peak Li-Ion Battery pack: 8.7V, 9Ah, (2S3P setup) My solar charger setup consists of: 5A DC-DC BUCK converter (XL4015) ...
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How many Watts DC are equivalent to 1,000 Watts AC? [duplicate]

How many Watts DC are equivalent to 1,000 Watts AC? For instance, my load in AC is 1,000 Watts 220V. Then, how much DC watts would an equivalent load dissipate in 12V or 24V DC system?
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How can I seamlessly switch power supplies?

Quick question, I am not very good with my electrical circuit terminology so I'm not sure what to call what I'm trying to do. When I try to Google "How to switch power supplies" I got inundated with ...
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Designing an Automated Switching System for Solar Battery Charging Station

I am trying to design an Automated Switching System for my Solar Battery Charging Station project. In the project a 48V battery rail is charged with two 200W panels connected in series through a PWM ...
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Solar panel calculation

I have a small solar panel of the following, Area = 0.0078 square meter Rated Power = 1 W Now, I am interested to calculated the total energy this solar panel can harvest over a day. I am taking ...
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Extract 5W low voltage power from 3000W high voltage source

I have a solarpanel array that generates 600V, 5A (3kW). I want to create a small electronic unit to measure the DC current and voltage and transmit this wireless. For this I have an electronic board ...
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Watts in Solar Panels

How does the amount of watts affect a solar array? The solar array I found is 14 W, so what would I encounter if I purchased an lower/higher wattage? I'm going to purchase an array to charge my ...
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How can I modify the charging circuit of the solar powered system using super-capacitor with or without battery (diagram is attached)?

I 'm working on a device which according to the below diagram, has a solar panel witch gives at most 10v voltage and 30mA current (average 9v and 20mA) and also it has a 6v lead acid dry battery with ...
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Solar panel & battery math verification

I'm looking for confirmation to see if this battery and this solar panel will cover my needs for a remote timelapse project I'm setting up. The timelapse will run 6 days a week for 9 hours. My area ...
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Efficient power utilization by MPPT battery charger

I am designing an MPPT solar charge controller to get more efficiency out of my system. At the moment I am at the conceptual stage and I have some questions about MPPT battery charging in general. ...
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How to monitor produced energy?

I want to monitor energy produced by 250W solar panel. But I need some hints. Does anyone knows something? Is it possible using ACS758 chip or better I have to use current transformator? Finally I ...
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Battery Charge Regulation Application

I'm building a switched mode power supply unit to take electrical energy generated by solar panels and store it inside a Lithium Ion battery pack. Some specifications: 1. The solar panel open circuit ...
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Can a low current (low power) solar panel charge a battery?

I have a solar panel that provides max 7V and average 5.5V under the sun. But it cannot produce enough current even for a little 3V DC motor. Can this solar panel charge a 3V battery? Or maybe two 3V ...
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AAA batteries solar charging help needed

I have a project running on 2 regular AAA batteries, I'd like to convert it to NiMH or NiCd rechargable batteries using solar power. I wanna use a panel like this: ...
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How to set up a LiPo battery to be able to charge and discharge from the same circuit

I am new to using rechargeable batteries in electronics projects. To give some background on the context of the project, I'm trying to build a solar charger/power pack for a cell phone. My problem is ...
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What kind of solar panel is required to keep a mobile alive forever?

I want to build a webcam from an old mobile and I want it to be solar powered. The phone use a 3.7V lithium-ion battery of 1500mAh capacity. The phone last 24h hours on one charge. So if I'm right, ...
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Effects of continous slow charge on a battery?

If you connect a solar panel to a phone battery, but the solar panel provides about 1/4 (or 25%) of charge (mA) compared to the battery's original charger. Will this slow power charge the battery ...
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12V fan does not work when in parallel but does in series

I am building a food cooler for camping this summer. My plan is to build a thermoelectric cooler that is solar powered. My cooler is looking much like this: including a CPU fan on the hot side and ...
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Calculation of PV daily energy yield

How can you calculate how much energy a PV panel (known size and wattage) produces in a day given the exact insolation in kWh/m2/day?
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DIY buck-boost converter clarifications and research review

I want to make my own buck-boost converter! After watching this video, I got a basic understanding on how it works, and I made some analysis on this scheme: simulate this circuit – ...
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Photovoltaic Panel Power On a PC Fan

I've built a simple circuit with a 3V solar panel, an LT 1301 to step up the 3V of the solar panel to the 12V needed to start my 8cm PC fan and obviously, the 8cm fan. Everything works fine, but in ...
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Considerations for solar powered thermoelectric cooler with fan

I am building a food cooler for camping this summer. My plan is to build a thermoelectric cooler that is solar powered. My cooler is looking much like this: including a CPU fan on the hot side ...
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Regarding miniature solar panels

I am a bit confused. I want to buy a miniature solar panel like this. The problem is that all the miniature solar panels online in their specifications they give the peak voltage and peak current. ...
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Standard doping concentrations for Si and GaAs Solar Cell (as well as other standard values)

I am doing a MATLAB project where I need to plot the current of a Silicon and GaAs Solar Cell under Air Mass 0 and Air Mass 1 conditions. I have used solar irradiance data to calculate their ...
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Rechargeable battery with a photovoltaic switch

I did some searching around on the forum but with absolutely no electrical background, I have exhausted my searching and hope I can explain my issue. What am I trying to do? I have a solar panel and ...
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Why don't solar cells produce visible light when supplied with electricity?

... A cursory Google search didn't reveal an answer... Is the energy conversion a one-way process?
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Connecting solar panel and batteries of different voltages in series

Will this work? What I want to do is connect a 12v alternator to a battery to charge it which would then be wired in series with a 24v solar panel, but hopefully isolating the voltage. Will this work? ...
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Are disconnected PV panels damaged when exposed to sunlight?

Can PV solar panels be exposed to sun without being connected to controller and batteries? Have fixed panels on RV, and would like ability to switch (at controller input) to moveable panels on ground ...
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Efficient high amplitude current regulation, so I don't end up being sad

I have an unstable power source 0-10V (I don't actually know if it can drop to 0) from solar panels and I want to boost and stabilize it to charge 19V 2.1A laptop and a 12V 12Ah battery. I've already ...
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Trying to figure out how to solar power an embedded device

I have an Arndale octa board which itself needs 5V 3A power supply. Then I have four (4x) DC 5V motors and a 5V servo, and a number of other peripheals. So I think 5V 5A is safe to assume? I want ...
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Question about current output of a DC-DC stepdown converter

If we have a solar panel of 5V and we want to keep voltage on the output to 3V, what current we are getting on the output? The same as in the input? Or a different one?
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Why does my DIY “solar panel circuit” show battery voltage and not solar panel voltage?

I've got two solar panels set up in series as shown on the below schema. I connect positive on panel A to positive on battery, and negative on panel B to negative on battery. The two panels produce 9V ...
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How do I connect two solar panels in series?

I've got two solar panels which each provide 9V. I need them to provide 18V, and according to different sources (such as this forum thread) that should simply be a matter of connecting them in series. ...