Hi, I have a metal bike shed which suffers from condensation inside. The concrete base probably needs a damp course, but let’s leave that aside for now.
I bought a solar panel and fan and fitted them to the shed to try to extract the damp air. The panel is about A4 size, specced as 18V, 10W. The fan is about 14cm square. Actually it came with two fans, one can pull air and the other can push, to generate air flow. For now I have fitted just one as an extractor.
So today, with medium sun at about 11.30am, the fan spun well, but had to be started with a push. It looks as though it will only self-start with really strong sunshine.
What I would like to do is set up a rechargeable battery which is charged by the panel, and then powers the fan at a set time every day for an hour or so, e.g. at dawn, or when the temperature change is biggest.
So I would need A) a charging circuit, and B) some kind of programmable low-energy microcontroller which can turn the power to the fan on and off according to a pre-programmed schedule.
The big question: is such a setup possible with a small solar panel like this? If so, any recommendations on which parts to use?
I did find battery powered solar extractors for sale, but they were out of stock until next year and had manual on/off switches. So I presume it might be possible in theory.