New Industry Products

Power-One Launches PVI-DESKTOP Platform Product For Aurora Photovoltaic Inverters

November 01, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Power-One, Inc. announced the availability of its Aurora® PVI-DESKTOP in the U.S. and Canada. The Aurora® PVI-DESKTOP is described as an innovative control and monitoring platform for residential and small commercial applications of Power-One’s Aurora Photovoltaic Inverters. It is also said to provide an appealing solution to customers who want to have production data and device status available at a glance without use of either computer or internet connection.

The Aurora PVI-DESKTOP is capable of gathering data from up to six string inverters for power plants up to 60kW in a local plant environment. It provides an extensive presentation of all relevant plant parameters through user-friendly screen shots on a 3 1/2" touch-screen color TFT display. The communication between the inverters and the Aurora PVI-DESKTOP is carried out through either RS485 wire link or radio link at 915 MHz. In both cases the communication is supported by an Aurora proprietary protocol.

Power-One describes the Aurora PVI-DESKTOP as a cost effective and flexible answer to the need for local site monitoring especially intended for residential applications, and says that it operates within a range of 1000 feet from the farthest-controlled inverter. Thanks to its radio link and the installation of an Aurora PVI-RADIOMODULE on each controlled inverter, the Aurora PVI-DESKTOP can also function without data line wiring. Flexibility of main power backup is guaranteed by an integrated Lithium battery with a backup time of three weeks from full charge.

The Aurora PVI-DESKTOP comes with a table-top docking station as well as a wall-mount bracket, stylus pen, and battery-recharge wall-plug ac adapter. In addition, a supplied standard 2GByte SD memory card guarantees an energy production data storage up to 10 years with a sampling period of 15 minutes, or 20 years with an optional 4GByte SD memory card. The Aurora PVI-DESKTOP USB port can be connected to a PC for free software upgrades. Additionally, an optional Bluetooth wireless link for software upgrades from a PC is expected to be available soon.