Open Source Data Logging and Data Visualization for an Isolated PV System

Jiang, Bojian and Iqbal, Tariq (2019) Open Source Data Logging and Data Visualization for an Isolated PV System. Electronics, 8 (4). p. 424. ISSN 2079-9292

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Monitoring the operation of an isolated photovoltaic (PV) system needs both data loggers and web transfer to collect the sensor data. The data includes the measurement of the voltage and current of the PV system and for local weather. The PV system in Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) is 5 m away from the window, where the weather data is collected. In reality, PV systems are approximately 25–50 m away from the weather sensors. It is, therefore, more meaningful to realize the sensor communications by wireless transfer than long cables, which can significantly reduce the cables of a large PV system with long distances among sensors. The PC receives all the sensor data and transfers hem to a web server (Thingspeak). A web server is applied to monitor the operation of the system instead of a local server when its users are far away from the location, even though the local server allows more frequent data logging (once per second). The data transformation between the PC and the web server must guarantee the stability and robustness of the program. The system alarm that reports the disconnection failure is also necessary to notify the users. This paper will first introduce the general system setup, then present each part of the system in detail, and finally, analyze the collected data.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 14631
Keywords: PV system, data logger, radio frequency, Arduino, web transfer, Thingspeak, MATLAB
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: 11 April 2019
Date Type: Publication
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