The purpose of this project is to realize a Solar panel controller. Initially developed for a sailing boat, the target to reach was to control the level of charge and discharge and to protect a 12 volts lead battery connected to a 32 watts solar panel.
The project is based on a 12F675 and uses HEXFETs to switch the load and the solar panel. The programs were developed with PROTON+ and around 10 of those small devices are today doing their job without any problems. The use of a PIC processor gives a large access to the way the load is used (with or without over voltage protection) or how the controller reacts when the full charge level is reached. This gives a lot of improvement possibilities.