Innovations and Interdisciplinary Solutions for Underserved Areas. Third EAI International Conference, InterSol 2019, Cairo, Egypt, February 14–15, 2019, Proceedings

Research Article

An Optimized, Low-Cost Off-grid Solar System: Design and Implementation

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-34863-2_4,
        author={Pape Sonko and Diery Ngom and Mouhamed Ouesse and Assane Gueye},
        title={An Optimized, Low-Cost Off-grid Solar System: Design and Implementation},
        proceedings={Innovations and Interdisciplinary Solutions for Underserved Areas. Third EAI International Conference, InterSol 2019, Cairo, Egypt, February 14--15, 2019, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={INTERSOL},
        year={2019},
        month={11},
        keywords={MPPT regulator Solar tracker Connected regulator},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-34863-2_4}
    }
    
  • Pape Sonko
    Diery Ngom
    Mouhamed Ouesse
    Assane Gueye
    Year: 2019
    An Optimized, Low-Cost Off-grid Solar System: Design and Implementation
    INTERSOL
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34863-2_4
Pape Sonko1, Diery Ngom1, Mouhamed Ouesse1, Assane Gueye,*
  • 1: Universite Alioune Diop de Bambey
*Contact email: assane1.gueye@uadb.edu.sn

Abstract

This paper reports on the design and implementation of a low-cost off-grid solar installation system that maximizes the energy production for any given day. Our proposed solution consists of (1) a double axis solar tracker with electric actuators controlled by an Arduino board, (2) an MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) power controller, with a capacity of 20 A, remotely accessible from a smartphone with a dedicated Android application that uses a Bluetooth connection and (3) a remote data logging system that periodically stores the installation data to an online database server using a Wifi connection. The overall cost of the system is about $215 ($72 for the regular and $143 for the solar tracker).