I’ve mentioned before that I’m into solar power, and that there are a couple projects I’m getting into. Well, I’ve been thinking about a couple things for a long time, but I’m just now starting to get into serious development. There are two things: a maximum powerpoint tracking (MPPT) charge controller, and a sine wave inverter/charger. The first of these is a good tool for extracting extra power out of solar panels, while the second is instrumental in interfacing the DC and AC sides of a power system. That is, the inverter/charger will allow you to get clean AC from your batteries, or charge them from a source already available. Think computer UPS, but designed for a slightly different purpose.
There are various homebrew projects like these floating around the Internet, and I hope to contribute something. By posting about these here, I hope that I remain focused on them :). This should be interesting, and maybe even useful to someone. I’ll try to give an update here and there as I come up with more of a solid design for both.