The way this prototype works starts with a buoy made from Styrofoam which will float on the water's surface. Four Peltier modules line surrounding of the buoy in a way that one surface of the Peltiers are in the water while the other surface faces the sun. The Peltiers are then connected in series. I then have the Peltier components connected to the input end of a joule thief which outputs a kicked up voltage. The kicked up voltage is then sent to a boost module that I had for an old solar powered cell phone charger from a previous project. I plan to show the future home electricity implementation of this system by making it power with a smart birdhouse project I made with an Adafruit Huzza Feather via a USB connection in a future video. LED's for indoor lighting and fan speed (air conditioning) for the birdhouse will be controlled through the internet, along with setting a notification when the doorbell was pressed.
My future plans for this project is to find a controlled and safe way to wire the system directly to the microcontroller without a USB wired connection. I also plan on manufacturing a prototype with better hardware materials (maybe something a little more aesthetic than Styrofoam).
-link to Github: https://github.com/EEpeer