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Smart Host Microcontroller for Optimal Battery Charging in a Solar-Powered Robotic Vehicle

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2 Author(s)
de J Mateo Sanguino, T. ; Dept. of Ing. Electron., Sist. Informaticos y Autom., Univ. of Huelva, Huelva, Spain ; Gonzalez Ramos, J.E.

This paper focuses on the design and construction of an optimization charging system for Li-Po batteries by means of tracked solar panels. Thus, the implementation of a complete energy management system applied to a robotic exploration vehicle is put forward. The proposed system was tested on the VANTER robotic platform-an autonomous unmanned exploration vehicle specialized in recognition. The interest of this robotic system lies in the design concept, based on a smart host microcontroller. On this basis, our proposal makes a twofold significant contribution. On the one hand, it presents the construction of a solar tracking mechanism aimed at increasing the rover's power regardless of its mobility. On the other hand, it proposes an alternative design of power system performance based on a pack of two batteries. The aim is completing the process of charging a battery independently while the other battery provides all the energy consumed by the robotic vehicle.

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Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 3 )