Hi! I and a friend are trying to build a solar tracker with solar panels. However, we have very limited knowledge on using Arduinos and coding, so we would like some guidance and advice with our project. So far, we have the following materials for our project:
- 1 Arduino Uno
- 2 bipolar stepper motors (I have heard servo motors work better, however they were unavailable at my electronics store)
- 2 potentiometers (to aid with position indicating)
- 4 photoresistors
- 1 breadboard
- other wires and jumpers
Our plan was to use the photoresistors to determine the brightest point, then use the potentiometer as a positition indicator to tell the stepper motors how much they should turn so that the solar panel faces the brightest spot in the room.
Is this a feasable idea, or should we be utilizing our materials in a different way? I have tried to start coding to learn the syntax (I managed to make the stepper motor turn when I turn the knob of the potentiometer). However, knowing if our plan would work would be great before trying to code it.
Thanks in advance for any help I recieve! I’m very new to this, so let me know if anything I have said was unclear and I will do my best to clarify my project!