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What is Solar Power for Water and Wastewater Management?
Water and wastewater management most often involves remote sensors, monitoring
and control equipment that is ideally suited for solar electric power. At a location where
there is no access to utility power, solar power will allow you to maintain
operations 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.
Solar Powered SCADA Equipment is widely used in the applications such as
water, wastewater management for pressure, flow and level monitoring.
A solar-powered SCADA system is usually made up of three different subsystems:
solar power system, SCADA Equipment and a communication system.
Solar Power System
The solar power system consists of solar modules, a solar charge controller, rechargeable
deep-cycle battery, power converter or inverter and a weather-proof outdoor enclosure. This system
is used to collect solar power and store electrical power, and
convert the stored power into the correct voltage to operate the SCADA equipment.
The telemetry system may have different configurations depending
on the scope and needs of the SCADA application. In general,
it basically breaks down into three areas:
sensors, signal conditioning and MCU. The SCADA system is responsible for
the collection and reporting of system status, plus process and environmental data such as temperature, level, pressure,
humidity and water quality.
The communication system employs different technologies and components
according to the communication needs of the SCADA system and the
base or control center. The direct communication with the control center is
usually achieved by high-power radio, cellular or satellite modules dedicatedly designed for
long distance transmission.
Applications for Solar Power in Water & Wastewater Management include:
- Pump Operation Monitoring
- Flow & level Monitoring
- Energy Monitoring
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Automation & Control
- Telemetry & SCADA Communication