Dual Axis Solar Tracker
The sun is awesome, and so is solar electric power generation. Unfortunately for solar panels, the sun moves. To counter this you can build a simple solar tracker that follows the sun and allows for even greater energy production.
This kit includes everything you need to complete the project, from the wooden parts and screws to the custom Arduino shield and micro servos. The entire project takes about an hour to build and you'll need a computer to upload the code as well as a screw driver to build the tracker. When finished the project can be power by any USB power source, such as a power bank or computer USB port.
Data collection is easy using the 6V 200mA solar panel and the LED volt meter. This allows the tracker to easily be used as part of a science faire project or as a classroom demo. Since the kit is only held together by screws it can easily be disassembled for multiple uses in a classroom setting.
To make the build easier we've designed out own custom Arduino Shield and PCB sensor holder. Our custom code is uploaded through the free Arduino IDE software. Adventurous builders can try their hand at coding this project from scratch, but everyone else can just use our included code.
If you don't wish to purchase the full kit you can chose to buy just the electronics or just the wooden pieces and screws. We do recommend buying the full kit as all our parts are designed to work together and we can not guarantee that other components will provide the same build experience.
Directions, Lesson Plans, and Videos
Detailed instructions as well as a build guide video can be found in our Project Database.
If you're interested in building your own from tracker 100% from scratch we make all our laser cut, PCBs, and code available as Open Source. This information can all be found on our GitHub Repo. The only downside is that we can't provide any technical support.