Posts Tagged ‘solar panel’

Solar Panels Orientation for Chennai

December 21st, 2012 No comments
    Chennai’s Lat Lon value is 13° 04′ N 80° 17′ E and Earth’s axis is titled by 23.5°, so for Chennai the maximum Sun’s North-South swing angle is 10°N and 36.5°S.  If you setup the solar panel parallel to the ground, you would see the inclination angle of Sun at 12 noon would be a maximum of 10° to the north during Utthrayanam and a maximum of 36.5° to the south during Dakshinayanam.  So, for stationary solar panel fitments, the panel should be oriented to 13.5° to the south to have an uniform Sun’s inclination angle swing (+23.5° to -23.5°) relative to the solar panel reference line.

Solar Panel contd.

March 26th, 2012 14 comments







Installation of additional 130Wp is in place now to make the power plant worth 300Wp.  The new panel added has a spec of 17Vmp against the 16.4Vpm of the 170Wp panel group.  So eventually I may be losing some power.  I am using 10sqmm copper cable to reduce the transmission losses.  I had measured the impedance of the cable to 1mΩ. So at 20A, I will be losing about 0.4W only.  But the cost of this wire is around 70Rs/m.  I am able to produce about 221W during the mid day, and about 170W around 10AM.  Upon little bit of investigation, it is found that the solar panels shell out less power at increased temperature.  It is also said that at 60-70°C, the efficiency is around 70%, which is matching with my measurements.  So, thinking about a water cooling solution; basically augmenting a solar water heating solution with the solar panel to establish double benefits.  Every day with the solar panels is a day of new learning and I am enjoying it. 🙂

Solar Panel Structure Design

July 17th, 2011 No comments

This was the original design of the solar panel mounting structure.  Later, I had simplified the design and fabricated them at the local metal fabricators.  Please click on the images to open the big sized drawing.

Pole that would hold the weight of a heavy solar panel over a base structure (not shown).

Hinge design that would transfer the weight from the base structure to the pole, with one degree of freedom.

சூரிய ஒளி மின்சாரம் (Solar Electricity)

July 10th, 2011 5 comments

The completed Solar Panel mount structure.

Bottom side view of the panel.  The Panel is fully resting on the Iron frame constructed in the nearby fabrication shop based on my design.

This is my assistant Aakash, the boy next door.  He has been my aide for all the mechanical and automobile works.

The base frame of 30″ x 21″ with the center piece at 15″.

The base frame from perspective projection.  The center piece is a 5″ x 2″ 10mm plate welded at the center.  The holes are 10mm diameter drilled at 1″ and 3″ from the top and centered.

The main load bearing vertical pole measuring approx 2m and 2″ diameter.  The base plate is 6″ in horizontal length and 6″ on vertical depths.  The holes are 1/2″ and drilled at 3″ and 5″.

This is the solar panel bought from Akshaya Solar Pvt Ltd, AP.  The panel is rated 12v 70w and of dimension 1200mm x 21″ and weighting approximately 5kg.

The swing arm connecting the base frame and vertical pole.  The holes are 10 mm diameter and punched at 1″ and 3″ from the top.  The bottom pipe is 2.25″ diameter and about 5″ long.  The cross bolt is 0.5″ diameter.  This swing arm mounts on the pole on one side and attached to the base frame on the other side.  The base frame is pivoted on the top hole with swing setting using one of the 3 bottom holes.  The positions are provided to compensate of uttrayanam (north bound sun movement) and dakshanayanam (south bound sun’s movement).

The bottom link of the vertical pole.  This U link attaches to the parapet wall, which is 6″ is width and the cross bolts pass through the wall to lock the vertical plates.  The horizontal and the vertical plates are 6″x2″ and 10mm in thickness.

These are the bolts used.  The 1″ (4 nos) bolts are used to secure the solar panel on the base frame.  The 1.5″ bolts are used to secure the base frame to the swing arm.  The 4″ bolt is used to secure the swing arm to the vertical pole and the 8″ bolts are the bolts to secure the entire unit on the parapet wall by passing through the wall.