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Offline Jim Sheppard

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Solar Powered Webcam Project
« on: November 15, 2010, 05:20:38 AM »
I came across this project which is laid out in detail for a solar powered webcam. The author does a great job in explaining in detail about each step. He even provides various links on the different phases of the project. It's great reading and will more than likely be a spring time project for me next year.   :D

Have a look!

http://billandkaren.net/blog/?p=409
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Re: Solar Powered Webcam Project
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 12:48:45 PM »
Good read. He covered all the bases.
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Offline Mark Burgus

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Re: Solar Powered Webcam Project
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 01:33:31 PM »
I'm a little confused about the power.  Looks to me like he would have a problem if there was a snow storm.  What if he misses a day of light?

Mark

Offline kernowyon

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Re: Solar Powered Webcam Project
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 02:38:35 PM »
I presume the battery he has added to the system will run the cam when there is not enough light (e.g during snow or very dismal weather).

Sounds like an interesting project! Shame the cam he uses is 95 here on Amazon UK! I can see several uses for a solar powered cam....

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Re: Solar Powered Webcam Project
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2010, 04:32:07 PM »
I'm a little confused about the power.  Looks to me like he would have a problem if there was a snow storm.  What if he misses a day of light?

Mark
I agree, I think the panel is too small. It's a pity because I'm seeing 50 watt panels available now for not much more than what I'm guessing he paid for that 15 watt Sunforce. Also he could improve the efficiency by dumping the invertor and feeding the cam directly with DC (regulated as necessary). Other than that it's a very well described and implemented project :thumbright:

Offline mlail

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Re: Solar Powered Webcam Project
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2010, 03:05:04 AM »
The solar panels are available at Northern Tool. These panels are not very efficient but are great for the hobbyist. I have one and I use it to charge reused UPS batteries. It takes forever to charge them. The price has come down some and I've seen them for $75.
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/category_alternative-renewable-energy+solar-panels-accessories+amorphous-solar-panels

Here are a couple more web sites that sell better panels.

http://www.solar-electric.com/1to39wasopa.html While this site is not the cheapest, they provide great service and a excellent solar forum.

http://www.ecodirect.com/40-Watt-Solar-Panels-s/26.htm This site has some cheaper panels. I purchased two of the 80 W Sharp panels to provide lights... power to my shed. Shop the prices and you can find what you are looking for.

Keep in mind that you may want to combine more than one panel but that is more real estate. One higher wattage panel may be a better option because it is easier to mount and usually provides more amperage. I would also recommend making an adjustable mount to adjust for the angle of the sun. This changes depending on the season.

Another thought, most of us have weather stations, place the panels angle to match your latitude. Mine is 34 degree's. This will help make the panel more efficient.

Have Fun
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Offline RCover

Re: Solar Powered Webcam Project
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2012, 03:20:17 PM »
Harbor Freight also has a solar setup. 45 watts for $179.99.

 

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