Open Source Solar Charge Controller Part II:- Single Stage Switching Type Design (PIC16F Version)

Switching Solar Charge Controller

In the last post we looked at a basic overview of solar power systems. We looked at the various components of solar power systems as well as choosing the best components for your own system. One such component we looked at were solar charge controllers. These charge controllers are of many different types including On/Off also formally called switching type controllers, PWM type controllers and MPPT type controllers. In this post we will design the simplest and cheapest type of charge controller, the switching type controller. The design is based around the powerful PIC16F18855 microcontroller.

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Open Source Solar Charge Controller Part I: Overview of Solar Power Systems

Solar Charge Controllers

Many persons are interested in setting up solar panels to power their homes and businesses. However most persons aren’t aware of the aspects of how to set up a small off-grid solar system. In this post I take you through the basics of setting up a small off-grid solar system in your home or small business. After giving a brief introduction to the process of setting up a solar system to supplement of replace your dependency on energy from the grid, I will give you a basic overview of the many type of solar charge controllers available on the market today, and throughout the next three series of posts we cover each type of charge controller.

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