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SSMCS, 2012 Winner

The SSMCS device can intelligently track the sun for non-stationary applications, such as electric vehicles or boats. It uses solar energy to charge batteries of electric vehicles.

Using Phoenix Contact’s nanoNavigator software, the team wrote several programs to monitor conditions such as the time of day, level of battery, whether the car is on or off and the acceptable voltage difference. Based on these conditions, the Nanoline controller can maximize the vehicle’s charging capabilities. The system also uses the Nanoline’s SMS capability to send the operator a text message about the current battery level.

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Jerry Wise

Jerry Wise

Technical Training Specialist