MOL2: Maritime on the Loop of Ocean Literacy - Electronics & Propulsion

General information

MOL2: La cultura oceánica en el sector marítimo - Electrónica y propulsión

Objective: Acquire some basic notions on the operation and characteristics of the electric and propulsion systems of a solar radio-controlled raft. Students will also learn how to integrate and optimize them for its maximum performance

Contents information

Introduction (1 hour):

  1. Motors
    1. Brushed
    2. Brushless
      1. Characteristics (KV, Poles, ...)
      2. ESC
      3. PPM/PWM
  2. Propellers
    1. Types
    2. Characteristics
  3. Test Bench
    1. Operating Principle
    2. Implementation
  4. Solar panel
    1.  Main Characteristics
    2.  Characteristics curve
    3.  MPPT
      1. Constant Voltage Algorithms
      2. P&O Algorithms
      3. Increasing Conductance Algorithms

Practical work (3 hours):

  1. Control of ESC using Arduino
    1. Electrical Connexions
    2. Configuration and initialization of ESC
    3. PPM Signal generation
  1. Power measurement by INA219
    1. Electrical Connexions
    2. Configuration and initialization of INA219
    3. Measurement of Voltage, Current and Power
  1. MPPT Implementation: P&O Code
  2. Integration
    1. P&O Parameters adjustments
    2. Verification of ideal work
Learning outcome:

An attendance certificate will be provided at the end of the workshop

Contact Person: Susana Bastón (


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0188 - Ocean Literacy", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions", "0716 - Naval engineering


Vigo, Spain



Academic level: Lifelong Learning
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