How I Built Motorized 1kW Solar Panel Lift / Van Build #17

so far it looks pretty good, we are ladi and margaret, we bought a van for 2,000 USD and rebuilt it to 4,000 USD and we traveled around Europe with our cat. we also make these ridiculous, powerful electric motorcycles like you've never seen before. our base is in the czech republic, where we made our workshop at a junkyard, renovated it from scrap and turned it into a full-fledged studio. We customize and 3D printing almost everything and now we are on a new mission: to produce the best possible residential van without limiting the imagination and find out what we end up with. in this video you will see some of our foster kitten, did I mention that we like cats? so I think life will be much easier for me if I immediately create a roof template so that I can create my rails with exactly a minimum amount of up and down movement.

Do you know this technique? you probably saw it when I was making windows. That should be my biggest difference, so I 'll draw my hole there, here's this, and then you can just go copy. Now I just want the exact location of my assemblies and more here. Yeah. it's perfect? it's a fine technique. whatttttt. don't come with or try it. No, no, I just want to tell you, if you don't use templates yet, you have to start. because that's the best thing you can do for yourself in the future. Seeing it physically in front of you and having the parts really in their actual size is the best thing you can do.

Now that Ladi has a template, she can start manufacturing the main attachments that will safely keep our solar elevator on the roof. we have 10 of these buttons on the roof , which are part of the delivery and are made for such accessories. ladi needs to create an attachment that is strong enough to secure the stand and hold stably when we drive, lift, tackle the wind, potholes, all that . We'll need four of them to wrap around the top metal pieces of the van. before we decided on the material for this lift, we brought the van to the weighing station. we weighed 2.55 tons, which gave us a little less than a ton to build. in this set we predicted our weight, we counted the wheels, full diesel, water tanks, all our batteries, the fridge, everything and we expect a weight of 3.4 tons.

I'm quite tired, but I want to finish this project today. it's late and the last part of these brackets is welding at the very end, so when I screw the whole deck to the roof, I don't have to hold the nut from behind. how should my own clamp work. I'll stick a three-millimeter rubber on the clamp from below, then it fits nicely on this structural part of the delivery. and then I have this one that tightens it, pushes on the rubber and now through the rubber block I'll have there. That's how I tie it up, I'll lock it in place, it'll be quite a killer. Now it's pretty suitable for my clamping system, attaching the solar to the roof. further drilling of holes. this rubber goes first, no mechanical pulling, no scratching, no rust, sits nicely and softly and absorbs vibrations.

At least some. and then we have a big counter shock. how it goes around the disconnect knob and now i should be able to just screw it in. If I have all the holes right now, I don't have to hold the nut and I can just screw it in from the outside. beautiful . look at how it tightens and it's just metal on rubber on metal. it is super. That's a nice soft joint, you know. and as always, you can always push a little more and then just crush the rubber. It's not like you're going against metal, and then scratches through all these micro vibrations. that's awesome, i love it.

That's a good design. I am proud of it. so once this is the case, it is the cross tube that supports it and secures them together, which is a great support for solar panels. ok, let's move on to the next stage. Another additional device is the wheel travel, which will serve as a guide for the entire stroke during the first few degrees of tilt. without this addition, we would not be able to keep the elevator profile low. tuni own shaping of all these attachments from metal and their subsequent welding together. this is so customized from the original clamp. I cut all the sides to be bolted to the cart or whatever it was on, and now look at that. to see the unnecessary height here, I need to shrink the two.

so cut it, move it there and weld again. so i can have this low profile solar panel. because it all matters. right there. at this stage of the process, four grips are completed, the ramp is ready and the wheel holders have been modified. to attachment number four! the moment is finally here the attachment of the actuator quite a crucial weld. must be good. it starts to look like a pretty nice transformer holder. nice and darling, you're really good at welding. I still have to grind. so for the first time, soon, we will be able to test it on metal hardware and find out what the weakness is, because then we need to make it stronger.

And continue testing until it is a stable system. and now at the show another ladi will add a little support for the actuator and due to this construction this same support will also function as a pin for the lock which will hold the construction in place when we go. without little support, the handle of the actuator itself could bend. so when using a minimum amount of material , it's five millimeters doubled to ten, because that's our drive holder and then you can see this extra support.

this is crucial. it must transmit as much pressure as it can to the whole thing if there is a weakness. I'll find you and kill you from the movie "taken" I know. "I'll find you and kill you" "liam" "and your children and your mom" three and a half pounds? what. it's not even …

That … it's nothing. nothing. not aluminum in any way. No. it is too complicated just for bolted aluminum. It needs to be welded like this heavy traffic. or never mind, someone will definitely make it out of aluminum and I'm glad for you, I wish I could do it too. yes, i think two millimeters will be better than one millimeter. I have all these different samples, so I'm testing what it's like. and preventing metal on metal from being when closing the opening. it will always fit, just in case we have any vibrations while driving. It would be better than scratching the paint and eventually starting to rust. plus this sound. Yeah, that'll be a good two millimeters. two millimeters thick. after applying the paint, I spray the mammoth. that's great. This is easily one of the hardest parts of a solar stand because it is complicated. I think it has to be a mechanism that is able to move 16 miles at the same time it has to be able to rotate.

And at the same time nothing can be in the way right here. see? nothing below this level can happen, because it basically goes like this. So I'm thinking of milling a groove here, eight millimeters, and then having one pivot axis here and there that would go like this. and then inside that I would make a cylindrical sliding part. and just screw it on. that I think it would support it and it really could do it.

Look like it's a corn dog. it's like more corn dogs. and it is not. different sandpaper roughnesses because it needs to be polished properly. you have a nice and sliding motion, so it should be a little smoother already, but this was only 80 roughness sandpaper. Yeah, it's really smooth. it will work out. it will work out. I can even feel it getting smoother, the way I shape it , you know. now blow and again a little softer , it will be so good. this is very smooth. adding a folding solar stand to our van was unsolvable due to our own energy requirements. we have four solar panels, each of which supplies 250 watts, which theoretically gives us one kilowatt per roof. without tilt we would be able to absorb maximum power only in peak daylight, but with this cleverness we can milk the sun from sun to sunset. wow it was a really really good new experience. Basically, I took a strong soldering iron and warmed the nut, pushed it in and bent it beautifully. and I have them both on both sides, it's pretty basically glued together, which is a great sliding mechanism.

now I have been thinking about these details nonstop. it's really challenging and when I have something like that , I think about it all the time. Visualize it in bed while falling asleep and do it the very next morning. wow wow, now I can cut it to exactly the length and it should work as a great pivot for me, these are some of my products I just made.

the first threaded product slider located here. really beautiful sliding mechanism. and bababab, then it's my sliding mechanism and it will work together with the rotating mechanism to change the angle. so this is my great product. fiber. Basically, I created a thread on the screw that fits there. So now I can throw it in, weld another holder, wrap it to attach it to the van, and then I have my rotational motion. and very soon very soon I will be able to try this sliding mechanism together with the wheel for the first time. Wow, I have two options: hammer or just bend a millimeter. this will be a moment of truth. what happens at an angle of 45 degrees. nothing, no collision. This means green cards to land tilt. two millimeter gaps everywhere, so if the drive holds like this, I still have five millimeters there, so all the running water doesn't get caught in a really small gap.

this stand must be able to secure in place. ladi nor do I want to think about locking the roof rack when we change places, and we also don't want to do anything by hand so high in the air. this lock will look a little different than in this design, but will keep everything in place stably as we drive. something really terrible happened here. it lacks a mounted actuator, we now have a fully sliding lifting system with a lock at the end to prevent any vibration while driving. Look, it will sit exactly on the rubber and it will be tied to this last movement of the controller. like when it pushes and closes, and as soon as the rubber is under …

"will the rubber be under lock as well?" nice and low. No, this will be metal to metal. this is such a minimum that if it starts to rust , it's fine, because it would probably rust in 20 years. The bunny is one of the last additional devices for the upper part of the controller and the construction of the elevator. the actuator will push to tilt our four solar panels. therefore, he must be strong enough to carry all the weight. crossed fingers! Well, that sounds pretty good, yeah, yeah. it also seems to be stable. god i love it! let me play with it! it looks very scary. it looks very scary when I see the weight. so it should be the equivalent of solars and all the metal we have above . You should now realize that this is not a fragile mechanism.

That we don't do just one solar energy, we actually do four, 15-kilo solar panels. it's a big weight. 70 kilograms. so now it's a heavy traffic, and that's why we have really strong action members. so I expect from my testing that I expect it to be a weakness. because it's only one downstairs, and I knew from the beginning that I would probably have to weld a small triangle here to tighten it more and give it better support. because now all the weight is basically held on these wheels. everyone should carry 40 kilograms, so this should not be a problem. if he has good support. This project has been in my head for the last few months and like last week I finally felt like I had solved the mechanism, and all the while it's finally the phase of loading and testing with this real weight to carry.

this is a great moment for me. all this work is now in this switch. this is definitely a weak spot, I need a little help. this is one improvement I need to make. and lift the weight. from here it looks quite good so far. he will now take control. a a a jo !!! God, look at that! I'm not going all the way down, I don't want the concrete to slide down. but now the weight is decreasing and decreasing because it works like a lever. so this is the critical point we pass the wheel. Oh my god. we passed. Wow. I still can't believe it will work. and then descend. ok, descent. nice. so it descends. and then lock here. scene 001. oh babe, can you spoil my shots scene 002 thank you.

You May Also Like