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Yet another solar project.

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:38 pm
by n3tw0rk5

I've managed to gather some bit's n pieces to start a project that I've been wanting to do for a while.

The initial aim is to run a raspi using a small 12v battery that's charged via a 50 watt solar panel

initial setup
1 x 50w 12v solar panel
1 x 12v 20AH battery
20 amp Charge controller
Cannibalised usb car phone charger to get from 12v - 5v

Now I'd also like the raspi to monitor output from the solar panel and output to a wep page, what would be the best way to get that data?

I'm new to electronics so I dont know if it's one of the many add on boards that have popped up or if it would be easy to make a home grown solution.

Once I get the basic setup working, I'll replace the battery with a couple of leisure batteries and most likely another panel or wind turbine as this will end up being the power source for my external garage.

Thanks in advance