MeteoPV Distributed Solar Resource Monitoring Platform
Easily Integrate with Your Existing System
Featuring plug-and-play usability and web user interface
weather applications supported water applications supported energy applications supported gas flux and turbulence applications supported infrastructure applications supported soil applications supported

Overview

The MeteoPV Distributed Solar Resource Monitoring Platform is ideal for integrators who need reliable photovoltaic (PV) resource data for use in PV system analysis and performance assessment. The MeteoPV is the only purpose-built PV resource data platform on the market, with the flexibility to easily integrate with your existing PV monitoring systems. Moreover, you can use the MeteoPV as a secondary weather station on large solar farms.

The flexible MeteoPV is built for PV monitoring, and it scales to the purpose, size, and complexity of your performance data requirements by combining virtually any combination of industry-standard pyranometers, reference cells, back-of-module temperature sensors, and compact all-weather sensors into a single access point.

To make your deployment more efficient and eliminate errors, the MeteoPV features an onboard, browser-based, user interface. The easy-to-understand interface verifies both proper sensor operation and SCADA communication for you. You can also run a PDF installation report that contains site data, sensor metadata, and configuration data to simplify your sensor documentation and traceability.

In addition to providing you with access to help files for configuration and troubleshooting tips via the user interface, the MeteoPV also acts as a data logger by storing your historical data. More than three months’ worth of one-minute and ten-minute average, max, min, and standard deviation data per sensor can be stored—with multiple options for viewing and saving your key PV resource data.

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Benefits and Features

  • Flexible for easy integration into an existing PV monitoring system
  • Near-zero learning curve—no data logger programming necessary
  • Embedded web UI for quick setup of measurements with instant visual feedback and data streaming
  • Small footprint and DIN-rail mounting for integration with combiner boxes or other control panels
  • Campbell Scientific reliability and quality
  • Compatible with industry-standard pyranometers, reference cells, back-of-module temperature sensors, and compact weather sensors
  • Designed to exceed the life of a PV plant with IEC Class 4 integrated surge and ESD protection
  • SCADA ready with Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP/IP

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Technical Description

The MeteoPV communicates with smart pyranometers, reference cells, back-of-module temperature sensors, and compact weather sensors, making it a flexible and easy-to-use POA sunstation solution. The Modbus RTU protocol over RS-485 is used to interface with the sensors, while Modbus TCP/IP protocol is used to communicate with the local SCADA system or other data collection platform. A Modbus map is built into the MeteoPV, providing aggregation of sensor readings and valuable metadata from one source.

With its small footprint and DIN-rail mounting, the MeteoPV is ready for integration with existing combiner boxes or other control panels. Power-over-Ethernet compatibility is a convenient method for supplying power without needing additional power supplies.

Installation and commissioning are straightforward without the headache of navigating, configuring, and addressing multiple sensor interfaces or generic gateway devices.

The MeteoPV hosts an intuitive onboard user interface accessed by a web browser. The browser-based interface simplifies the initial communication configuration and long-term sensor management. Simply connect, select your sensors, and start measuring.

Specifications

CPU ARM Cortex M4 (running at 144 MHz)
Operating Voltage 9 to 30 Vdc
Operating Temperature Range -40° to +70°C
Power Consumption @ 12 Vdc ~30 mA (not including sensors)
Isolated Sensor Power 12 Vdc, 800 mA
Isolated POE 802.3af compliant
EMC Immunity IEC 61000-4-2 Class 4
USB Micro B 2.0 full-speed 12 Mbps (for computer connection)
SCADA Interface Port RJ45 jack 10/100Base-TX, full and half duplex Auto-MDIX, magnetic isolation, and TVS surge protection
SCADA Interface Protocol Modbus TCP/IP
Sensor Interface Port Half-duplex RS-485
Sensor Interface Protocol Modbus RTU over RS-485

Compatibility

The MeteoPV is compatible with the following sensors:

  • Campbell Scientific CS240DM, MetSENS series
  • Hukseflux SR30, SR20-D2, SR05
  • Kipp & Zonen SMP series
  • EKO MS-80M
  • IMT Solar Si-RS485TC

Resources and Links

Downloads

MeteoPV OS v.2.0 (1.28 MB) 14-10-2019

Current MeteoPV Operating System.

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FAQs for

Number of FAQs related to MeteoPV: 1

  1. The MeteoPV operating system can be downloaded from the web or locally from a file.

    1. Connect to the MeteoPV.
    2. Navigate to the Diagnostics tab, then the Updates tab.
    3. You will see an option to Update from file or to Update from web. Select Update from web.
    4. Click Begin.

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