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Probably a poly-crystalline solar panel directly connected to some supercapacitors with a boost circuit to get the voltage up high enough to be useful.

Batteries are bad due to temperature sensitivity and cycle limits. Supercaps are better in these regards.


I want as few components as possible. I'll increase the complexity of the smarts as this project progresses. This is the general progression I'll follow, I think:

  1. Solar, supercap, boost, LED,
  2. Transistor/capacitor to blink LED,
  3. Microcontroller to blink morse message,
  4. Microcontroller to read non-volatile storage,
  5. Time passes…
  6. FPGA reading from multiple redundant flash storage chips with error correction.
projects/glass_sphere/electronics.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/05 08:39 by tjhowse