Piccolo-based Solar Explorer Development Kit
TMDSSOLARPEXPKIT
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Description

The Piccolo F28035 based solar explorer kit is intended to give designers the opportunity to evaluate different power stages used in solar applications in a safe, low voltage environment. This kit also offers designers of single panel off-grid applications such as lighting or motor control systems a robust development platform to start from by utilizing the 36VDC intermediate bus. All of the primary application power stages are controlled with a single C2000 MCU, including a single switch boost stage for maximum power point tracking, a SEPIC battery charging stage, and a grid-tie-capable DC/AC inverter stage capable of outputting 24VAC. Integrated USB JTAG emulation eliminates the need for external JTAG development hardware. A built in panel emulation circuit also allows designers to evaluate different shading situations without the need for expensive external hardware. A quickstart graphical user interface is included, as well as fully documented, open source hardware and software libraries.

Power Conditioning (also known as Active Power Filtering) can be implemented on this kit with proper configuration and minimal software modifications.

Features
  • 20VDC/ 50W Non Isolated Design
  • Built-in panel emulator
  • Single switch DC/DC Boost for Maximum Power Point Tracking
  • DC/DC SEPIC for MPPT and Battery Charging
  • 36VDC Intermediary bus
  • 24VAC Output Inverter stage
  • Isolated USB JTAG built-in
  • Hardware Files are in controlSUITE at development_kits\SolarExplorer_v1.1

What's Included

  • Solar Explorer base board
  • F28035 ControlCARD
  • USB Cables
  • Quick start guide and graphical user interface

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TMDSSOLARPEXPKIT:
Piccolo-based Solar Explorer Development Kit

$499.00(USD)


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Technical documentation
Application notes (1)
Title Type Size (KB) Date
PDF 1033 23 Jul 2013
More literature (1)
Title Type Size (KB) Date
PDF 39 02 Jan 2019

Hardware development (2)

Name Part Number Tool Type
High Voltage Isolated Solar MPPT Developers Kit  TMDSHVMPPTKIT  Development kits 
Solar Micro Inverter Development Kit  TMDSSOLARUINVKIT  Evaluation boards 

TI Devices (7)

Part Number Name Product Family
TMS320F28030  C2000™ 32-bit MCU with 60 MHz, 32 KB Flash  Microcontrollers (MCU) 
TMS320F28031  C2000™ 32-bit MCU with 60 MHz, 64 KB Flash, 2 MSPS ADC  Microcontrollers (MCU) 
TMS320F28032  C2000™ 32-bit MCU with 60 MHz, 64 KB Flash, 4.6 MSPS ADC  Microcontrollers (MCU) 
TMS320F28033  C2000™ 32-bit MCU with 60 MHz, 64 KB Flash, 4.6 MSPS ADC, CLA  Microcontrollers (MCU) 
TMS320F28034  C2000™ 32-bit MCU with 60 MHz, 128 KB Flash  Microcontrollers (MCU) 
TMS320F28035  C2000™ 32-bit MCU with 60 MHz, 128 KB Flash, CLA  Microcontrollers (MCU) 
TMS320F28035-EP  C2000™ Enhanced Product 32-bit MCU with 60 MHz, 128 KB Flash, CLA  Microcontrollers (MCU) 

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