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Implementation of a Prototype for a Traditional Solar Tracking System

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1 Author(s)
Barsoum, N. ; Curtin Univ. of Technol., Miri, Malaysia

Solar energy is rapidly advancing as an important means of renewable energy resource. More energy is produced by tracking the solar panel to remain aligned to the sun at a right angle to the rays of light. This paper describes in detail the design and construction of a prototype for solar tracking system with two degrees of freedom, which detects the sunlight using photocells. The control circuit for the solar tracker is based on a PIC16F84A microcontroller (MCU). This is programmed to detect the sunlight through the photocells and then actuate the motor to position the solar panel where it can receive maximum sunlight.

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Computer Modeling and Simulation, 2009. EMS '09. Third UKSim European Symposium on

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25-27 Nov. 2009

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