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    Relay for Solar System as Backup Only

    Background I'm working on a seismic alert network and seismograph station at my school in Puerto Rico. We're building a solar system for the system to continue running during a potential seismic event. The system only consumes about 10 Watts, but with the satellite internet equipment it might go...
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    Power Sharing - Topping up Solar power generation for realtime use.

    Hi guys, I was looking for a few ideas for how to efficiently "power share" - the scenario is: I will have some DC grow lights, about 36V (but this can be changed) 100w+ . I would like to get as much as possible of the power for these from one or more solar panels, and then top up the...
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    Solar module arrangement question

    I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, so please advise if this needs to be moved. The question deals with 4 mis-matched solar panels on an RV roof. Yes, it is a bad design, but the RV mfg is no longer in business, so there you go. I am somewhat knowledgeable on solar array...
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    Simple Solar Powered Pump w/ Rechargeable Battery

    Hi Everyone, My aim is to build a simple solar powered pump with a rechargeable battery to water plants. The idea is to use a 6V 1W Solar Panel connected to a TP4056 (protected) to charge a 18650 Lithium Ion Battery. On the output is an MT3608 2A Boost Converter to step up the voltage to a...
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    Solar Guitar™ prototype

    Hello, I am building Solar Guitar™ prototype, an eco-friendly, self-sustained musical instrument solely powered by the Sun: https://patents.google.com/patent/US9905213B2/en 10-15 watt, 2 speaker stereo guitar amplifier with reverb/chorus/delay/overdrive will be installed into the guitar’s body...
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    Solar emergency light/fan circuit help needed

    Hello great team! I'd immensely appreciate the help of brilliant minds out here. I've Solar rechargeable emergency unit that can power 2 lights and a small table fan. The unit stopped working with a blown resistor on the circuit. I did try replacing the resistor with an identical color coded...
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    Solar charging multiple 18650 Li-on cells with TP4056?

    Hi everyone, I plan to build a high capacity 3.7V/5V solar charging powerbank (something like 10-15ah). I’m going to use modules of TP4056 breakout board each coupled with two 18650 cells in parrallel. But I was wondering what would it need to charge two or three of these TP4056 modules with a...
  8. Dom10

    Solar PV Eco Water Heating Open Source Hardware Project/Proposal

    I think there is a gap in the market for a new electronic device. The device should power a simple resistive water heating element using the energy from a solar PV array. This will allow for cost-effective and environmentally sound water heating. The device will use maximum power point...
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    Can I connect Solar and Wind DC energy to the same battery bank?

    Hi there, I am looking at installing a solar and wind energy system on a house. The solar panels produce DC and the wind AC but the winds AC is passed through a controller which converts it to either 24 or 48VDc. Therefore both solar and wind will be producing DC. I intend for this to be an...
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