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Canuckle Solar Tracker

by Wayne

Canuckle solar trackers can be used for a variety of alternative energy projects including solar PV panels, solar concentrators, heliostats, solar ovens, solar lighting and solar heating. Canuckle solar trackers are made from recycled parts and readily available materials and can be built with only hand tools. The electronics are simple and easily made by anyone with a minimal amount of skill and above all cost is kept to a absolute minimum. Using the basic Canuckle components (drives, electronics, bearings and frames) it is possible to build a solar tracking solution for almost any requirement from small solar oven trackers to massive multi-panel PV panel trackers.

Canucle solar tracker version 1

Solar Tracker Version1

The Canuckle Solar Tracker #1 which is a single axis tracker designed for a small solar panel. Canuckles are designed to be cheap, easy to make and completely weather proof.
Canucle Solar Tracker version 2

Solar Tracker Version2

The Canuckle .v2 Solar Tracker is made from ABS plastic, recycled printer parts and a few nuts and bolts.
canucle solar tracker drive unit

The Canuckle Drive Unit

This page describes the drive unit built for the Canuckle #2 Solar Tracker. The drive unit consist of two DC motors, two spur gears, a worm gear, a Canuckle bearing made from ABS fittings and housings and plates made from ABS flat stock.
canucle solar tracker bearing

The Canuckle Bearing Unit

Made from off the shelf ABS fittings the Canuckle Bearing is easy to make with only hand tools and only cost a couple of dollars in parts. They can be used as part of a Canuckle drive or simply as a bearing component to a Canuckle frame. They are designed for low speed rotation only and should not be used in any application that requires continual or high speed rotation. Below are instructions on how to make a Cunuckle Bearing to be used on the Canuckle #2 solar tracker.
canucle solar tracker sun switch

Sun Switch Sensor and Motor Driver

Made from off the shelf ABS fittings the Canuckle Bearing is easy to make with only hand tools and only cost a couple of dollars in parts. They can be used as part of a Canuckle drive or simply as a bearing component to a Canuckle frame. They are designed for low speed rotation only and should not be used in any application that requires continual or high speed rotation. Below are instructions on how to make a Cunuckle Bearing to be used on the Canuckle #2 solar tracker.

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