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Questions tagged [solar-cell]

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

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Does solar pannel develop current [on hold]

I would like to know weather solar pannels and battery generate current the same way. I am trying to replace the solar array with a battery bank will it fry the inverter electronics.The inverter ...
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Failed to find LOD voltage regulator for IR2110 for driving two IRF540 mosfets :( [on hold]

I searched the entire internet for a LOD voltage regulator up to 1A for Vin 6V-37V coming from the solar panel and fixed output 15V for VCC and 5V for VDD. I have two IRF540 mosfets to be derived by ...
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12 battery with stepper to 30 or 30v battery [on hold]

I have 2, 50w COB LED they work 1.5A@30v I'm thinking to go solar with them but i have a dilemma. Should i invest in 12v batteries and panels and step up the voltage to 30v and have some waste or ...
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I want to know how to charge my 48volt battery park

I have built a solar car by myself, but I can't let my battery get fully charged. I use four 12V batteries as a 48V battery, and I use 3 solar panels. Each have 19V, 18V at early morning and dusk, and ...
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Hot water consumption data to make load profiles in excel [on hold]

I need data to make load profiles for hot water consumption for domestic purposes in excel(in Tasmania, Australia). The graph should be energy usage(KW) vs time(hourly, yearly). Also, I need a CSV ...
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Solar Cell Formula - I/V from Load Resistance

Background: I have the following simplified formula in a VisualBasic program that gives me current output (Icell) from variable input Volts (cellVoc) for a simple PV cell simulation. By varying ...
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Protecting Copper Anode in 12V DC System

Getting to grips with cathodic protection here. If someone had a 12, 24 or 48VDC system, say solar PV and batteries, and the battery negative is earthed, this means the earth is the cathode, and the ...
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Does MP2617H power management IC need an external regulator to supply “Vin” using a 12V solar panel?

I'm designing a LiPo battery charger using MP2617 power management IC. When I referred to the datasheet it tells that these ICs have an internally integrated voltage regulator for the battery charging....
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Correct way to ground components for solar panel measurement

I'm currently doing a project where I'm supposed to measure the current and the voltage from a solar panel and am unsure of how I should ground all the components in the circuit (since electrical ...
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Preventing overcharge of a SLA battery in a solar electric fence charger

I recently purchased a solar electric fence energizer, specifically the Patriot PS5. After it had been sitting in the sun a while, I noticed the battery was making a "gurgling" noise, which according ...
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connecting solar panels cells with copper adhesive foil

i have purchased some cheap solar panel cells , as am bad it soldering , so i was wondering that Is it good practice to connect solar panels with copper adhesive foil or bad , because with copper ...
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Trickle charging 10NiMh in series with ~1W solar panel

I have been put onto a project that needs to be powered by a small (1-2W) solar panel trickle charging a battery pack. The product will be located on rooftops. We have reviewed similar products and ...
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Advice for a Solar Charger and Battery Project

I am a high school robotics teacher (no formal engineering training) and I am taking a group of students to Kenya this summer to work with high school students there. The organization we are ...
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Can I charge this li-ion battery with this solar panel setup? [closed]

Since a couple years I've been messing around with a raspi and some motors. Building random stuff with dc-motors and such. I now want to power a self driving boat-robot with some solar power. For this ...
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i want create a 9w solar panel bulb battery system

I have 6 pics 1.5 w solar panels.I want create a mini battary bulb system using them.what battary,led and charge controller i use? please help me.Sorry for my bad english
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Floating DC power supply (solar panels) - do I need double-pole breakers and why?

I am in the process of building a small off-grid solar setup. There will be 4 parallel strings of panels in this setup, and I understand that for 3 or more strings, you need some sort of over-current ...
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Using Diode As a Solar/Lightbulb Cell

...hi :) a few days back I saw this Instructables.. https://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Diode-As-a-Solar-Cell/ ...so I started to experiment how this can be used to charge a cellphone or a ...
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Solar Panel Not Powering Toy DC Motor

I made a 15v solar panel from garden lights which supplies 50mA of current in direct sunlight. For some reason it doesn't power a simple dc motor which can run on a 1.5v battery. Why isn't it powering ...
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solar tracker slew drive end stop

I am designing a solar tracker and using a slew drive to rotate the panels from from east to west every day. Now, I would like to install a sensor that can be used to determine and calibrate the ...
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Can I use a MPPT Solar Controller to charge my auxillary 12V AGM Battery from the car battery/alternator?

I have a RedArc solenoid and a Victron 75/15 Smart Solar Controller. Can I use the combination of these two units to charge an 12V AGM Deep Cycle auxiliary battery from the car battery/alternator ...
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Effect of solar PV leftover power on transformer? Will that power step up the transformer from secondary side?

I am trying to connect an ongrid inverter through a microgrid but that inverter takes a split phase supply due to which i have to develop split phase supply using transformers. Now my question is that ...
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Off grid LED solar lighting without batteries

I have 2 COB LEDs (12-14V DC, 50W, I think with 3,75 A in data sheet). I need to run them with a solar panel, it should only run when there is sunlight no batteries needed. Using a 270W panel (open ...
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Powering a microcontroller with a small solar cell and a capacitor

I'd like to power a microcontroller with a small solar cell. The idea is for the solar cell to charge a capacitor, and when a given voltage is reached, do some clever things to discharge the capacitor ...
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Strange voltage reading on ungrounded system

On a small scale off-grid PV project I received a strange voltage reading and I am hoping that some folks here could possibly shed some more light on what exactly was going on and why. Here is the ...
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Achieving MPPT of a solar panel with LM2596

im having some trouble with DC converters in a solar system. I have a solar panel of 21V (Voc) and 1.33 (Isc). I have studied that with a DC buck converter with input regulation (Feedback loop taken ...
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Minimum current for charging a battery

Recently I bought a 12V 200Ah battery for my solar system with 500W 18v (27A) solar panels. I find a label on the battery which is notice that the minimum charging current is 10% of the battery ...
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How to measure available amps? Do i need more load?

My new 200W 18v 11a(max) solar panel reads about 24v 4a 50% efficiency at midday on my MTTP Rich solar controller. I presume this is not great. I was wondering... I have a 48v to 12v stepdown ...
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Lithium-ion battery charger circuit design [closed]

For my project I need to charge a 2s, 7.4V LiPo battery pack from an 18V 10W solar panel. This would not be an issue if I was able to use ICs such as the BQ2057WTS, but I am required to do design a ...
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Prevent current backfeed without power loss

I have a solar panel and an external power source feeding into a DC converter (U10) that are both used to feed a battery charger (U2): In a previous design I used 2 schottki diodes to prevent back ...
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Creating a temperature-dependent solar cell in LTSpice (using varistors)

I'm currently working on my master thesis and therefore need to simulate a solar cell in LTSpice. I've already modeled and simulated some examples with constant values. But for a more accurate model, ...
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Temperature coefficient of GaAs cell

How can i find open circuit voltage/temperature coefficient and short circuit current/temperature coefficient of GaAs cell
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DIY Use 18650 in place of 18500

I got a (relatively inexpensive) SmartYard LED Solar Spotlight as a gift, and have been playing around with ideas to extend the battery life. It uses a 3"x5" solar panel, and comes with a 3.7V, ...
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How to calculate the current produced by a solar panel?

The equation for calculating current when given voltage and temperature is known as the 5-Parameter model ie. \$I = I_{ph} - I_o[\exp(\frac{V + R_sI}{nV_t})-1] - (\frac{V+R_sI}{R_{sh}})\$ Since this ...
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Explanation of 5 Parameter Model for Solar Cells

I am having a hard time understanding this equation, the 5 Parameter model for photovoltaic cells. \$I = I_{ph} - I_o[\exp(\frac{V + R_sI}{nV_t})-1] - (\frac{V+R_sI}{R_{sh}})\$ My goal is to apply a ...
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How does using PWM generator to control inverter work in Simulink?

I am trying to model a PV system connected to the grid and use PWM generator to synchronize the inverter output with the voltage condition on Grid. I figure I need to use Three phase PWM Generator ...
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Extract AC current from AC/DC current generated by a solar module [closed]

I have a solar module with capacitance in nF range. There is an AC and DC current coming out from the module due to the incident DC and AC light. I would like to treat this like an AC/DC current ...
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How has solar panel power density improved recently

Im interested in how watt per kg has advanced over the past 10-20 years for consumer solar panels. Can anyone shed some light on this? A table would be great.
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Solar Powered Green House

I'm thinking of making a RaspberryPi solar powered smart "green house", with LED lights, water pumps and a few sensors. I would like to point out the "green house" would be about 6ftx2ftx2ft - more of ...
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DIY Solar lamp circuits with 5252F explained?

I have a bunch of solar panels, rechargeable batteries, 5252F circuits, inductors and LEDs and while reading https://artists.scitoys.com/three_volts that seems to be enough to make my own solar-...
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Solar Charge Controller with SMPS Power Supply

Hi, I want to charge a 2-Cell Li-ion battery (7.4 V) using CN3722 Solar Charge controller and a SMPS power supply (instead of using solar supply). I have designed my circuit to charge with maximum 1A ...
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9V instead of 3.7V 8.14WH

I have a solar charger which has a battery of 3.7V 8.14WH which is rechargeable. The battery was rechargeable but died. The charger wasn't working with the battery inside it, so I removed the battery ...
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Operating Voltage and Current of solar PV panel connected directly to a battery

Let's assume we have a 60 cell 260W PV panel with the following STC characteristics: Voc= 38.1V Isc=8.98A Vmpp=31.1V Impp=8.37A The panel is exposed to direct sun light and standard conditions are ...
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12 V 3.8 A water pump to 12 V 625CCA battery

Wanting to use car battery to power pump. Pump says it's 12 V 3.8 A, uses a 8 A fuse. Trying to sort out possible solar input needed to run pump but the numbers don't make sense. What size solar panel ...
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Designing an effective extensible solar cell + car battery setup [closed]

I've got a cabin that I visit on weekends and because I need to charge my computer and tools there, I decided to bring an old car battery and bought a solar panel to charge it. Right now I use a cheap ...
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Solar variation tolerance for a solar panel

How to estimate average variation of input solar radiation that would be tolerable for a given solar panel? On what parameters will it depend?
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Bypassing solar charge controller using trickle charge voltage?

In an effort to simplify a small solar system and to keep the cost down, I am wondering what (if any) drawbacks there are to having the Vmp (voltage at maximum power) in a solar panel setup, at 12.5% ...
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How can I use an LED driver (QX5252) to light up 3 different color LEDs (Green, Yellow, Purple)?

I am trying to light up 6 LEDs with the common garden light circuit (2v Solar panel and 1.2V battery). The problem is that I want to light up 2 yellow LEDs, 2 green LEDs, and 2 purple LEDs ...
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What is this solar power RC circuit doing?

I am a CSE student working on a project. We are using a solar powered microcontroller. The solar panel's power goes through a fuse and an RC circuit with a varistor to the charging system. What ...
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How do 24v or 48v solar/battery inverters provide power for houses that rely on 110v?

I've been learning about solar systems and I keep seeing that the systems feed power in to batteries, which is then fed in to the house via an inverter, typically 24v or 48v. However, most houshold ...
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DC converters for solar cell

As we know, the voltage level of a solar cell is lower than what a rechargable battery needs, and thus a DC converter is placed in between.( With feedback control for optimum V-I curve) This just ...