Solar Powered Systems for Remote Environmental Monitoring Systems
Solar Capture Technologies (SCT) were commissioned by a Newcastle based start up company to design and build three solar powered supply units for their innovative environmental monitoring systems.
The client required that the units could power their monitoring systems autonomously in a wide range of geographical locations.
SCT used proprietary modelling software to determine the most appropriate solar module and battery size and designed and built an electronic interface to the client’s specification. The interface controls the power supply to the system and reports on charging status and battery condition.
The solar modules were manufactured by SCT using high efficiency mono-crystalline silicon solar cells on an aluminium substrate. High performance Teflon was selected as a cover material for the modules as it has better light transmittance than solar glass and allows a thinner, more durable module to be fabricated.
The client required that the solar modules be as unobtrusive as possible. This was achieved by using a matt black anodized aluminium backing sheet and by masking the shiny electrical bus-bars before lamination.
Robust steel cabinets were fabricated to house the battery, electronic interface and charge control systems. The cabinets feature a vented battery box and sealed top compartment for the control electronics.
The units were shipped in February 2014 and the first one is being tested in the Canaries.