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Using Embedded Computers to Manage Your Solar Power System

Location / Country : USA

Product Solutions:

Arm-based palm-sized industrial computer with 2 serial ports and 2 LAN ports

Project Introduction

The exigency of rising fuel costs and global warming have led to rapid growth in worldwide demand for renewable energy. People are looking for feasible energy alternatives and solar energy is a promising solution. Ensuring that the system can be remotely monitored, managed, and controlled over the Internet is critical. A leading company in the USA needed an embedded computing solution to provide critical monitoring and reporting services for a solar energy application.

Application Requirements

  • Front-end communication computer for remote monitoring, data acquisition, data logging, and protocol conversion
  • Compact form factor for easy installation
  • Wide operating temperature range for harsh environments
  • Data logger with multiple connections for data communication
  • Real-time, web-based communication to monitor the solar array performance, battery load, and energy generated/saved
  • Design that ensures a longer MTBF to enhance system reliability
  • AI/O, DI/O module board for environmental sensor devices

Moxa Solution

To ensure that the solar energy system can be remotely monitored, managed and controlled over the Ethernet, Fat Spaniel Technologies decided to use Moxa's UC-7110 embedded computers to construct the entire system. The UC-7110 functions as a front-end communication computer to connect the PV inverter, AI and counter input module, and power meter. It is also used for remote monitoring, data acquisition, data logging, and protocol conversion.

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Why Moxa

  • Small form factor for cost-effectiveness and easy installation
  • RISC-based μClinux or Linux environment simplifies system management
  • Dual 10/100 Mbps Ethernet for network redundancy
  • SD socket for storage expansion
  • Pre-installed operating system with real-time platform for quick system response
  • Fast Time-to-Market through existing H/W and S/W design
  • Fanless, cableless, no hard drive, low power consumption design offers a reliable solution
  • Flexible, ready-to-run platform provides multi-level open data interferences and stability for easy integration with third-party devices
  • All Moxa embedded computers use software to provide ready and effective protocol conversion that facilitates data communication with various protocols from legacy devices
  • The UC-7110-T offers a wide operating temperature range of -40 to 75°C