Introducing the HelioWatcher! The HelioWatcher is mine and Jason Wright’s final design project for Cornell’s “Designing with Microcontrollers” class. In short, the HelioWatcher is a solar panel that is capable of automatically tracking the sun based on location, time/date, and real-time directional lighting input. It employs an array of sensors, solar optimization algorithms, an embedded controller, and data logging software to enable long-term solar analytics. Learn more at HelioWatcher.com, download source on GitHub, and grab the design files for the 3D-printed mechanical components on Thingiverse.
Check out the system in action:
Photos of the HelioWatcher System: