Tag: Mechatronic Engineering

Process Control

Process Control

Process Control

06/19/18

“How can we control processes?”

 

Industrial processes are at the heart of the industrial internet of things. However, in order to ensure that the process is going in accordance with the procedure, there must be some form of guidance. For that reason, engineers have developed something known as Process Control, which allows a systems process to stay within all setpoints.

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Inkjet Solar Cell

Inkjet Solar Cell

Inkjet Solar Cell

06/09/18

“How can we print solar cells?”

 

To secure energy independence and security, solar cells need to be manufactured at an incredible rate. Part of this includes an initiative to print solar cells known as inkjet solar cells. This will allow for an exponential increase in the number of usable solar, and can result in a massive energy transition.

MPPT Charge Controllers

MPPT Charge Controllers

MPPT Charge Controllers

05/16/18

“What is the most efficient solar tracker?”

 

PWM Solar Charge Controllers are definitely a step up from On/Off Solar Controllers. However, they’re definitely not the most efficient models. MPPT Controllers (Maximum Power Point) can maximize the output by changing the current and voltage delivered while doing the best to keep power constant. Because of this, they are the most highly valued systems on the market.

PWM Solar Controllers

PWM Solar Controllers

PWM Solar Controllers

05/15/18

“What is the current industry standard solar controller?”

 

On/Off Solar Controllers are great for simple and inexpensive projects. But sometimes we need to have more efficient solar control. One way to accomplish this is to vary the power of the battery depending on how full the battery is. The more empty a battery is, the more power it will receive, and the opposite when it is near full. This setup is known as a PWM Solar Controller and is the Greentech industry standard.

On/Off Solar Controllers

On/Off Solar Controllers

On/Off Solar Controllers

05/14/18

“What is the simplest type of Solar Controller?”

 

Solar Controllers come in all different types of varieties. But if we are strapped on finances, what is the simplest one that we can make? Well, wouldn’t it be a solar controller that simply turned on when there was sunlight and the battery was not full and off when not? This is the basics behind On/Off Solar Controllers, which are commonly used for inexpensive setups.

Solar Charge Controllers

Solar Charge Controllers

Solar Charge Controllers

05/13/18

“How can we keep batteries from being overcharged by solar panels?”

 

Solar Plus Storage Systems are a revolution in the renewable energy industry. Their ability to not only capture but store energy from the sun allows for true grid integration. However, often times there is a voltage mismatch between the solar panels and the batteries. If left unchecked, then the batteries can sustain great damage. But how can we use our engineering mindsets to solve this? Well, what if we were to simply put in a form of control to regulate the incoming and outgoing voltage and current? This is the fundamental principle behind Solar Charge Controllers, almost a must-have for Solar Plus Storage Systems.