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    opus 250 watt solar use

    hey guys, i'm new to posting on the forum, but i've been reading a lot.

    I've recently used a Opus 250 watt DC-DC power supply to power my senior design project, the Trickster. It runs off Solar Power and also houses a solar powered freezer. heres a picture of the project as a whole:



    and here is a project of our comptuer/charge controller/DIN rail:



    let me know what you guys think! also, the opus power supply booted the computer on the first try. it was pretty exciting

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    now that is something a little bit different
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    It looks like a solar-powered rolling puppet show?

    It's cool. Impractical for most of our needs, but cool... lthough keeping your meat cold while you're at the beach or on a camping trip is pretty damn cool.
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    ya, i think i forgot to mention that we teamed up with the School of Art (I am in the School of EECS). its a sculpture, and the project leader from the Art school wanted to add on things like cameras, user interface, and freezer and have it all be powered with solar or wind power.

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    For those senior design projects...do you have to pay out of your own pocket? The solar panels look expensive. In my fourth year of engineering, I will have to do a similar type of project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobb View Post
    For those senior design projects...do you have to pay out of your own pocket? The solar panels look expensive. In my fourth year of engineering, I will have to do a similar type of project.
    we recently totaled it all up, its was around 10k worth of equipment... so no, we didn't have to pay out of pocket.

    our leader had a couple of grants to pay for the solar panels and batteries. also, the the School of EECS gives you $500 for your project. thats not to say i didn't spend like $30 out of my own pocket for random runs to radio shack and stuff, but as far as paying for anything big, no we did not.

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    That makes sense. Im guessing my school will pay for our senior engineering project as well. It would be sweet to get a few hundred dollars in grant to put carpc equipement in my car! The carpc will be the project itself. That would be pretty cool. I am guessing this was a group project. Who gets to keep the whole contraption?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobb View Post
    Who gets to keep the whole contraption?
    There were 5 of us EE's in the group. Its still technically the university's property, but the Art project leader will get to keep it. hopefully next year a team will be able to build on what we have started... add some servos for the cameras, add sun tracking to the solar panels, etc.

    whats your major?

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