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Solar Panel Regulator

Started by BeeJ November 25, 2011
Have several solar panels that I want to most efficiently parallel and 
regulate down to the following dc voltages/currents:
Panel output is 18VDC min full sun.

 1)  Output to charge a 12VDC car battery with overcharge protection 
and trickle / float charging capability.
 2) 12 V  10 Amps   regulate +/- 0.5v
 3)  9 V  5  Amps   regulate +/- 0.5v
 4)  5 V  5  Amps   regulate as USB output power to USB devices for 
charging.

Prefer that the outputs are off if the panels are not supplying 
sufficient output.

Assume the panels produce the required current.

I would rather buy very efficient regulators and not do any design or 
PWB build work.

Looking for the least expensive and most efficient regulator solution.

Open to other options.


BeeJ wrote:
> Have several solar panels that I want to most efficiently parallel and > regulate down to the following dc voltages/currents: > Panel output is 18VDC min full sun. > > 1) Output to charge a 12VDC car battery with overcharge protection and > trickle / float charging capability. > 2) 12 V 10 Amps regulate +/- 0.5v > 3) 9 V 5 Amps regulate +/- 0.5v > 4) 5 V 5 Amps regulate as USB output power to USB devices for > charging. > > Prefer that the outputs are off if the panels are not supplying > sufficient output. > > Assume the panels produce the required current. > > I would rather buy very efficient regulators and not do any design or > PWB build work. > > Looking for the least expensive and most efficient regulator solution. > > Open to other options. > >
You said "Assume the panels produce the required current." No. Tell us what the panels can deliver. It's not worth discussing without that information, nor worth recommending even one power supply design only to have the "client" - in this case you - discover that the whole project was just a pipe dream and a waste of time. If it's not we can go further. Ed
What?

I gave you the output specs.
I can add panels until there is sufficient current.


On Nov 29, 8:03=A0am, BeeJ <nos...@spamnot.com> wrote:

> What? > > I gave you the output specs. > I can add panels until there is sufficient current.
I think he meant the power specs, not the open circuit voltage of 18 volts. Do you want all 4 outputs at the same time, or just one? You have 190 watts total excluding the battery charger. How much extra power is the battery charger? The most efficient system would probably use a buck converter to reduce the panel voltage for the 5 and 9 volt outputs. If the panels have the standard 36 cells, they should be ready to go for the 13 volt battery charger with addition of some over voltage limit at 13.6 or whatever. It may be cheaper to just use linear regulators for the 9 and 5 volt supplies and a larger panel. -Bill
Bill Bowden has brought this to us :
> On Nov 29, 8:03&nbsp;am, BeeJ <nos...@spamnot.com> wrote: > >> What? >> >> I gave you the output specs. >> I can add panels until there is sufficient current. > > I think he meant the power specs, not the open circuit voltage of 18 > volts. Do you want all 4 outputs at the same time, or just one? You > have 190 watts total excluding the battery charger. How much extra > power is the battery charger? > > The most efficient system would probably use a buck converter to > reduce the panel voltage for the 5 and 9 volt outputs. If the panels > have the standard 36 cells, they should be ready to go for the 13 volt > battery charger with addition of some over voltage limit at 13.6 or > whatever. It may be cheaper to just use linear regulators for the 9 > and 5 volt supplies and a larger panel. > > -Bill
Battery charging is 2 or 5 amps. Panels put out 21 vdc max no load. Want max efficiency. Looking for cheap commercial modules to wire or solder together.
On Dec 2, 1:26=A0am, BeeJ <nos...@spamnot.com> wrote:
> > Looking for cheap commercial modules to wire or solder together.
Try searching for "DC converter" on eBay.