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Posted by Fred F. on October 17, 2009, 8:14 am
 
I am going to be replacing the solar panels at a remote radio site
with some 130-watt Sharp panels. I have a Morningstar Prostar 30M
controller, but will need to replace as the 4 new panels will exceed
the 30 amp current limit of the controller.

Is there a controller (45 amp or higher) that has built-in data
logging? I would like to go to the site every 4-6 months and pull
stats out of the controller via a serial or USB or Ethernet connection
(voltage/current stats).

Any controller that comes to mind?

Thanks in advance

Posted by ghio on October 17, 2009, 11:05 am
 

60 Amp Plasmatronics

http://www.plasmatronics.com.au/downloads/PL60Info.pdf

Posted by Fred F. on October 17, 2009, 4:26 pm
 

Just some more detail on my requirements:

- Load current is 15-amps max
- Data logging needs to be on-board as I have no remote communications
access. I would "pull" the data by connecting a computer on-site and
retrieve data that way.
- It would be nice to have one full year of data logging storage
- Mainly looking for a daily maximum and minimum voltage and maximum
charge current

Posted by Summer Wind on October 18, 2009, 1:12 pm
 
You might browse through the controllers here:

<http://www.altestore.com/store/Charge-Controllers/Solar-Charge-Controllers/c892/>

Here's an Outback 60 amp MPPT type controller that might work for you.

http://www.altestore.com/store/Charge-Controllers/Solar-Charge-Controllers/MPPT-Solar-Charge-Controllers/Outback-Solar-Charge-Controllers-MPPT/Outback-Flexmax-60-Charge-Controller/p6875/

It does 128 days of logging and has a RJ-45 connection.  They have an 80 amp
model for just a few more dollars.

http://www.altestore.com/store/Charge-Controllers/Solar-Charge-Controllers/MPPT-Solar-Charge-Controllers/Outback-Solar-Charge-Controllers-MPPT/Outback-Flexmax-80-Charge-Controller/p6084/

SW




Posted by wmbjkREMOVE on October 18, 2009, 3:18 pm
 wrote:


I second the Outback recommendation. It's an expensive controller, but
it includes MPPT.  You might also consider this
http://store.solar-electric.com/pe3chbamosy.html . Combine it with the
controller of your choice.

Wayne

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