Solar Development Kit (DEV-BASIC)

Solar Development Kit

Kit Contents

  • DEV-BASIC circuit board assembly
  • (2) LL200-3-37 Indoor Solar Panel with 6” leads
  • (2) ONP1.2-12x24 Classic Application Solar Panel with 6” leads
  • 60mAh rechargeable Li-Polymer battery
  • Instructions, hardware and software files, and product documentation

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  • The DEV-BASIC is a complete energy harvesting power management solution using TI BQ25570 PMIC. It can efficiently extract energy from solar, whether in a dim indoor environment or outdoors in direct sunlight. 

     

    Once collected, the BQ25570 can store energy in various storage elements while providing a regulated voltage output to power your application devices.

     

    The kit includes everything you need to start developing power autonomous electronics. Use Indoor Light series panels for indoor applications and Classic Application panels for outdoor environments. Pre-configured to charge 3.7V Lithium batteries, you can use the included Li-Po battery or swap for a more suitable size.

     

    Panel Specifications

    Indoor Series          

    LL200-3-37

    1000 lux:

    • 1.089mW

    • 0.419mA

    • 2.6V

    200 lux:

    • 0.166mW

    • 0.079mA

    • 2.1V

    Classic Application

    ONP1.2-12x24

    100% Sun

    • 4mW

    • 3.33mA

    • 1.2V

    25% Sun

    • 0.9mW

    • 0.7mA

    • 1.2V

     

    System Diagram

    dev-in-basic diagram

    Board Layout

    Solar Development Kit Board Layout

     

    Use Cases - Power Source For

    Wireless connectivity is now standard in modern electronics and the growing IoT and sensing industries. Many applications in this area are very low power and can run entirely off a solar energy harvesting solution.

    • BLE Beacons and Tags

    • Smart Windows and Shades

    • E-Paper Displays

    • Wireless Sensors

    • Telematics

    • Wearables

    • Smart Locks

    • Field and Herd Monitoring

    • Thermostats

    • Other Low Power Electronics

     

    Features

    • Nano power DC-DC boost charger, with 100mV minimum input voltage.

    • Integrated power management.

    • Compatible with Li-ion, LiFePo, Thin-Film, capacitor, and supercapacitor rechargeable battery technologies.

    • Adjustable battery under-voltage protection and load disconnect with hysteresis. 

    • Adjustable battery overvoltage protection.

    • Regulated power output with adjustable voltage.

     

    Capacitor / Supercapacitor Storage Element Operation

    The DEV-BASIC can run and operate with a capacitor as the storage element instead of the Li-Polymer battery. The capacitor will maintain steady power to the system while light is available.

     

    The charge and discharge rate will be significantly affected by the size of the capacitor. If the capacitor is completely discharged (0V), the charge rate will be slower because the harvester chip is not yet fully functional.

     

    Board Configuration and Customization

    The Solar Development Kit hardware is currently configured to charge a Li-Polymer type battery with a max voltage of 4.2V and the output voltage set to 3.0V. The configuration can be customized by modifying SMT resistor dividers per the BQ25570 datasheet specifications which can be found under the “Resources” section above.

     

    Resistors OV1(2), OK1(2)(3), and OUT1(2) control the output voltage, charge configuration, and power management of the BQ25570 PMIC. Use the formulas below to determine appropriate 0603 package resistor values for your desired application.

     

    Output Voltage: VOUT = 1.21 * (R_OUT2 + R_OUT1)/R_OUT1

    Charge Termination Voltage: VBAT_OV = 1.815 * (1 + R_OV2/R_OV1)

    Low Voltage Load Disconnect: VBAT_MIN = 1.21 * (1 + R_OK2/R_OK1)

    Load Re-connect Hysteresis: VBAT_MIN_HYST = 1.21 * (1 + (R_OK2+R_OK3)/R_OK1)

     

    For best results the sum of each resistor divider should be as close too but not exceeding 13Mohms. VOUT cannot exceed VBAT, VBAT_OV cannot exceed 5.5V, and VBAT_MIN cannot be less than 2V.

     

    IV Curves

     

    Indoor Series

    LL200-3-37 IV Curve

     

    Classic Application

    ONP1.2-12x24 IV Curve 25% & Full Sun

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