Document Type : Research Paper


Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA


Emerging technologies increase the needs on self efficient mobile robotic applications that bring a new concern of sustainable and continuous power supply for the robotic platforms. This paper covers the various techniques and technologies used to design a solar powered robot, exploring the currently available products, software and limitations to this application. The main aim is to integrate a fuzzy logic based charging system which allows the batteries to be charged from solar panels, wall outlet, and a deploy-able solar charging station.
 The goal of this paper is to summarize the tested methods and results to expedite future researchers in the correct direction.  This paper will cover only up to the design of the DC-DC converter and simulation, as further work is still pending implementation on actual hardware.
Simulations results are provided to evaluate the feasibility of the paper for future implementations.


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