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Questions tagged [solar-energy]

Form of renewable energy emitted by the Sun, coming in two flavours: photovoltaic and thermal. The former, especially, relates closely to electrical engineering since it is traditionally harnessed through semiconductor devices and converted to AC in order to feed the electric grid or individual users' homes.

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Does a common neutral between solar inverter and utility affect current measurement?

I have solar hybrid inverter at home that's connected to the mains using both, the line and neutral wires. However, to save the costs, I've connected the load to it using a common neutral i.e. I've ...
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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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Is MPPT of PV array possible if only converters are used and the connected load is a battery?

I am currently working on a project to harvest energy from solar PV panels. There are some difficulties that i am facing. I was able to achieve mppt using a constant resistive load with a converter. ...
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Powering refrigerator using solar inverter

I have got a 3 kVA (2400 watt) solar hybrid inverter (pure sine wave) which is connected to a 1280 watt PV array and 2 x 12 volt 150 Ah batteries. It is supposed to switch to utility mode if the ...
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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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Three disparate solar panels, two disparate charge controllers, one battery; can it be unified?

I have three disparate solar panels with the following properties (listed on panels or from instructions): 'Tall' panel: max power voltage 17.6V, max power current 1.14 A, max power 20W p +- 3% (...
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Battery Power Source for Wireless Router & Modem? [closed]

I only have access to electrical power via a generator for now, and need to continue to power the wireless router & cable modem even when the generator is out for a good part of the day or night. ...
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What is the 'right' way for a 3-Phase Watt Meter to determine import-export Watt-hours?

What is the correct way for a 3 Phase Watt-Hour meter to measure total import/export watt-hours? I ask because I have seen this done in 2 different ways both in 'approved' meters: Assume that: Red ...
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Van with Solar power but no auxillary battery and only on sunny days. Do I need switches and isolators?

I have a 2018 Ram Promaster city cargo van with OEM 12v 70AH 120RC Sealed Led acid battery and a 160a alternator. Sitting on top of the battery I have a 1200 Watt pure sine 110v inverter connected ...
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Battery charging while in use in a bank

I have fifteen 12V 150Ah flooded batteries in series as part of a 10kVA off-grid system. Every once in a while, I test individual battery voltages. I've noticed that a few of them are, regularly, ...
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Mixing wire gauge questions

I am putting a 50W 3.4A max 12V solar panel on my camper van. I want the option of removing it from my roof racks & mounting it remotely (so I can park in shade, but still have the panel in the ...
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How many solar panels would one need to carry to fully charge Tesla model S or S in 20 minutes?

Some would say carrying solar panels to charge a Tesla would be inefficient, and would take up all the space, however towing a trailer would. Solar panels plus inverter are also not that heavy. ...
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Solar panel as day/night switch for a load

I'm using off-the-shelf components to power a buck/boost LED driver and charge a battery from a 6V solar panel. To power the LED driver from the battery at dusk only, would I have to use a MOSFET ...
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Solar Panel Peak Power Tracking

I have a solar loader circuit where I only know that it handles "17 V Peak Power Tracking". Is this comparable with Maximum Power Point Tracking? Which voltage should the solar panel deliver?
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Battery float voltage of CN3722

I want to charge a 2-cell Li-ion battery with CN3722 charging IC. According to my circuit design, the float voltage at the battery terminal should be 8.4V. But, the float voltage is measured as 13.44V ...
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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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Using solar power on a dual inverter setup simultaneously, that share different parts of a series battery bank

I had an idea and wanted to present it here and ask if anyone foresees any problems with doing this... I have both a 48VDC input inverter and a 24VDC input inverter that I want to run from a 72V ...
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Solar Panels: Charge Batteries via MPPT Charge Controller *AND* Power PV-Direct Load At Same Time?

I have two 290 watt panels in series that are currently used to charge a 48V battery bank via a MPPT charge controller. The run from the panels to the charge controller and batteries is about 70', and ...
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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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Mini solar panel to DC motor

I have a mini solar panel 5.5 V 1 W 180 mA and I want to connect it to my DC motor 3-6 V. I tried directly but it didn't work. After some research I found that I needed a inverter. My question is: do ...
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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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Is it necessary to cut off PV from grid before measuring its power output?

I need data of Power output from PV in one day. I was told to cut off the connection from PV to the grid also because the measurement is from the inverter, I also need to change the phase into 1 ...
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How to consider lifecycle in PV power smoothing?

I am planning to size Battery for Solar PV system by smoothing the PV output. Capacity size can be obtained by looking at Max charge/discharge needed to smooth the fluctuation. This should make able ...
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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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Outdoor proximity sensor, triggering siren, powered by solar

My dog keeps jumping into our flower boxes and digging in them, destroying what we're trying to grow. After trying different things, my conclusion is that I need to scare her every time she jumps in ...
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Calculating realistic solar cell output

This past summer I installed a couple of 12 volt 100 watt solar cells on the roof of my caravan. I was never naive enough to actually expect to get 100 watts out of them, but I've still been very ...
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Why Peukert's law is always ignored in battery(lead Acid) guides available on Internet?

I am doing battery calculations for off-grid solar panel. I don't get that why battery guides on Internet always ignore Peukert's Law for batteries of solar panel. I want to have good approximations ...
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Tapping power from series of solar panels

I'm developing a device that runs off 24V DC. I'll be installing it at a client's site who has arrays of solar panel, with 24 panels in series, making it a 1000V system. Can I tap one panel from the ...
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Mini solar panel not working

I have a very basic though unsolvable issue so far, I bought a (shitty) mini solar panel, outputting up to 6V and 1W (166mA), and I cant get it to work with the equipment I have or even measure any ...
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Solar panel with broken glass produces designated Voc but far less Isc Amperage

I have quite several 72 cells solar panels with cracked glass taking punch during the handling. The designated Voc is a little over 45V and almost all of the cracked solar panels (20pcs) generates Voc ...
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Simple solar panel + supercap powered arduino

Long version (full story, so skip and go direct to questions below if you want to): I have small arduino mini pro board powered by 230mAh Lithium coin battery used as wireless sensor (with NRF24L01 ...
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Battery bank system for a load of 1600 Watts

How many batteries of 12 V x 125 Ah needed to continuously run a load of 1600 Watts using an inverter of 24 VDC x 120 VAC that uses a battery bank as primary source? For a load of 1600 W , at least ...
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Home solar system - COB LED Drive

Recently, I have installed an off-grid solar system - MPPT charge controller, batteries and solar panels. Overall the system provides a DC 12/24/36/48v power (60A Max). The main load I want to drive ...
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How do MPPT charge controllers curtail the power if the load is less than the solar generation?

I am trying to understand how MPPT charge controllers work when the load is less than the solar power generation. Let's assume an off-grid system with battery backup and no dump load. In my ...
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Can I use DC to drive underfloor heating wire?

I'm in the early phases of designing a new underfloor heating controller for retrofitting solar panels to locations with existing underfloor heating cables, which now take their power from the grid. ...
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Micro Watt Meter in Extreme Low Temperature [closed]

I'm using a solar panel in the Arctic and I want to measure the power it delivers to the associated sensors. Is there any recommendation on a watt meter for this environment? The temperature is ...
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Solutions for cooling solar panels [closed]

If someone wants to use solar energy in hot places, temperature is a problem. So, what's the solution for cooling the solar panel?
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Estimating the current consumption of a DC motor

Good day, I am wondering if it's possible to estimate the continuous current consumption of a DC motor vs startup or rated current. I am trying to put together a solar powered aquaponics system. The ...
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Cheap and simple way so switch on and off based on voltage, with hysteresis

I'm playing a lot with solar powered systems using ultracaps for energy storage. I'm also powering some small ~3.3V systems directly from LiFePO4 cells, charged by solar power. In both cases I'd like ...
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Recharging multiple batteries with solar panel

I have 1 solar panel: 7v, 1.5watt and 1.2v Ni-Mh batteries, 3000maH I am planning to use it to recharge my 1.2v batteries, I am not sure if i can charge 5 x 1.2v batteries using this solar panel. ...
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How to model MPPT technique with PID controller

I need to model a MPPT algorithm with a PID controller at Simulink. The model will feed the gates of two mosfets of a push-pull converter. I have to extract max power from PV and have a fixed voltage(...
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Resistor to limit maximum voltage of solar panels

I have two 20W solar panels (each Voc = 22.3, Isc = 1.22) in series connected directly to an axial fan driven by an EC motor (rated voltage 48V). Here the maximum operating voltage when very sunny has ...
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I have a 9v battery that is only needed to output power during night time/when the sun is down, how can i do this?

My main question is, am I able to use a solar panel to only allow power flow when it is dark outside?/When the Solar panel isn't receiving any light? What would the circuit for that look like? In the ...
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What could be the transmission loss per metre of using DC current for a low voltage solar system?

I think that it shouldn't be much but I wanted to get a ballpark numerical figure. We've installed a 2kW solar power unit at our home, which is installed on our rooftop. To convert the DC current ...
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Charge 5,4V supercap with 12V solar panel

I'm building a circuit to charge a series of two supercap (500F, 2.7V each) with a solar panel (wich outputs, not sc, 18V@1.5A with direct sunlight at 12pm). Those supercap will then power an esp8266 ...
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Can I combine the power of 2 solar panels with 12V dc barrel jacks?

I have two solar panels that both output to a 12V DC barrel jacks. I want to feed them into a power bank that has a female jack. Is there some way to feed the power of both panels to the input? ...
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Can I put batteries as checkpoints?

I'd like to make sure the voltage along a DC system of a building keeps stable. Consider I have the main power station with solar input current and main batteries. Can I put batteries in parallel ...
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Solar panel system - figuring out the right specifications

I'm building an off-grid security system, based on a smartphone as a 24/7 security cam and an arduino nano for several sensors. A pretty interesting build in my opinion, maybe I'll post about it ...
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How much energy is required to charge a battery to 50% vs 100%?

When I go hiking, I only recharge my phone to about 80% from my backup supply because I know it gets harder and harder to push more energy into a battery the closer it gets to full capacity. So I am ...