11 July 2012
Locus Energy today announced its LGate 350, a plug-and-play data acquisition system designed to collect performance data from commercial- and utility-scale solar PV installations. The standard configuration combines a revenue-grade power meter and Modbus-enabled datalogger pre-wired in an outdoor-rated enclosure. The LGate 350 can also be specified to collect data from a variety of peripheral devices and meteorological sensors.
The company will demonstrate LGate 350 at Intersolar North America, booth 8500.
Together with the web-based SolarOS monitoring platform, the LGate 350 allows owners and operators of PV plants to efficiently gather data for troubleshooting, asset optimization and performance guarantee/billing functions. The LGate 350 has the following features:
- UL/CSA rating as an industrial control panel
- Industrial-grade datalogger with built-in support for communication with best in class peripheral devices and sensors
- Three phase revenue-grade power meter
- Integrated three pole disconnect breaker and power supply - all connected devices are line powered eliminating the need for external 120v power
- 24 VDC terminal provides power for multiple peripheral devices
- Options for load metering and 3G cellular connectivity
It is often the case that data acquisition hardware for commercial solar PV monitoring requires extensive on-site configuration and the availability of external power supplies for peripheral sensors which delay system commissioning and increase man-hours spent in the field. LGate 350 addresses these issues with its hardware design and layout. Each unit features a hinged back plate which hides pre-configured internal components and provides installers with a simple set of terminal blocks on the face plate for connecting CT leads, voltage references and Modbus devices.