Power Requirements

The AGSE is expected to be powered by two separate 12 V, 20 Amp-hour (Ah) lead acid car/traction batteries that have relatively steady discharge profiles. The AGSE will have to be powered, operational and remain on standby for at least two hours. Separate power sources will be used to minimize noise between electrical components and associated motor control issues.


In the event that additional units are needed, pulse-width modulated controllers will be purchased and implemented in order to control the voltage and current distributions within the AGSE scheme. Examples of these controllers include the RioRand ™ 12V-40V 10 A PWM DC Motor Speed Controller. Arduino compatible motor shields/drivers can also be purchased readily and stacked for additional control capabilities.


Jumpers, wiring and heat sinks (aluminum, copper based) will also be incorporated as needed upon manufacturing and performance testing of electrical components.