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Build an intelligent solar tracking system with FPGAs

Posted: 28 Jan 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:panels  embedded processor  solar tracking 

Solar energy is becoming increasingly attractive as we grapple with global climate changes. However, while solar energy is free, non-polluting, and inexhaustible, solar panels are traditionally fixed. As such, they cannot take advantage of maximum sunlight as weather conditions and seasons change. This article describes an FPGA- and embedded processor-based system-on-a-chip implementation of a prototypical solar tracking electricity generation system that improves the efficiency of solar panels by allowing them to align with the sun's movements.

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