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The Challenge

To extract maximum energy from the sun through solar panels and to control and monitor the system remotely in order to check real time progress of power generation and power consumption of the system.

The Solution

Increasing energy production by directing the solar panels to track the sun on its path from dawn until dust, Controlling and monitoring remotely through LabVIEW,Arduino and LabVIEW UI Builder .


As we know that coal, oil, gas etc. are sources of energy today. But the problem is that  now these resources are used in a large scale throughout the world .This excess usage will reduce the amount of these natural resources. In order to overcome this problem we need to move some other alternatives like Renewable-energy sources i.e solar panels and extract maximum energy from them.

We are not only extracting maximum energy from solar panels but also providing an effective and efficient system to real time control and monitor the progress of power generation and consumption within the system.Although the monitoring interface uses real time measurement results to prepare the current and voltage graphics,it is also possible to record and reach database file to analyze history of renewable energy source(RES) system. This will also help to increase performance of the current existing solar system also other natural resources of energy such as wind energy .

Smart Solar Web Based Security, Monitoring & Control basically focuses on control and monitoring of smart solar panels. This project divided into two phases. The first phase is based upon research of extracting maximum energy either putting solar panels c in different arrangement (zigzag, triangle etc.) or moving panels along the direction of sun using motors, LDR sensors and CT and PT transformer for current and voltage measurement.In order to meet our project requirement , we selected National Instrument products such as LabVIEW , LabVIEW UI Builder because these products are based on easy programming interface and provides better GUI interface.Also LabVIEW can easily be interface with the external hardware such as Ardunio .

Second phase is about Real Time GUI based remote monitoring and controlling the solar system using LabVIEW, LabVIEW UI builder,Arduino and standard HTTP or TCP/IP protocol. By using LabVIEW webservices monitoring and controlling can be done. Monitoring includes power production, power consumption and power management using GUI interface. Controlling includes remote turn on/shutdown of solar system, remote switching to other available system such as wind energy system etc. (in case failure of solar system).GUI interface using Labview UI builder  contains power meters, power production and consumption graphs, indicator LEDs etc.“Solar system on web” can be accessed from any device that support HTTP protocol and controlled by authorized person. Using live online streaming camera solar security can  be ensured by using Ustream( ) broadcasting services. Implementation of this project will benefit in terms of protection, operation, monitoring and maintenance of solar systems.

So mainly our objective is to provide a Renewable-energy source system i.e solar panels in which we can not only produce maximum energy than the normal solar power system but also we can control and monitor the ongoing progress of power production and consumption to make the system more reliable, more effective, highly efficient and long running . This is not only providing the alternative of the other sources of energy to overcome their limitation in the future but also it will benefit the whole society in which people are remotely controlling their solar energy system without any disturbance and with proper security.

Other applications are

·         Power Production: solar panels for large power production i.e. grid station

·         Remote Access: Higher authorities can directly check current performance of system    without visiting  plant

·         Load shedding avoidance: effectively managing distribution of powers maintaining minimum probability of load shedding

·         Ubiquitous access: Solar system monitoring and controlling can be accessed from any device that support standard HTTP protocol.

·         Just enough Middle layer: Web standards are used and simple URL are exchanged. No other software need to be installed except browser.

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helo mr, can you teach me make this VI ?

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