Testing Begins for National Renewables Database

As renewable energy systems become more advanced, incorporating such novelties like inverters that send you a text message when there’s an anomaly, it was only a matter of time before someone created an online database to take advantage of these increasingly digitized systems.

Hingham, Massachusetts – November 17, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Heliotronics has begun beta testing of SunViewer.net a powerful renewable energy database that takes data uploaded from renewable energy sites around the country and allows users to access it from the Internet. In addition to viewing data from individual sites, the database will be able to aggregate multiple systems into one output. For example, if your state had 50 schools, SunViewer.net will allow users to answer questions such as, how much pollution was avoided due to the renewable energy production of all 50 schools in one particular day. The system can store power and energy data as well as meteorological data from any site that has an Internet connection and a compatible data acquisition system. Heliotronics offers their own Epiphany series data acquisition system. SunViewer.net enables schools and other institutions to provide national access to data from their renewable energy system. “Many of our customers have been clamoring for Internet access to their data. SunViewer.net is a great education and research tool that will provide the data, processed in fun, informative and interesting ways” said Clayton Handleman, president of Heliotronics. “Heliotronics expects to have the graphical front end completed by year-end. It will include numerical displays, graphing, tabular output, and data downloading. While Heliotronics anticipates that the early adopters of SunViewer.net will be customers with Solar Arrays, the database is very flexible and is able to accommodate a variety of renewable energy sources including wind and hot water. “If your firewall allows you to browse the Internet, it will let your data out for viewing on the web,” Handleman said. The company said testing to date shows robust operation of the Database. If the user has an Ethernet connection to the Internet, it is easy to configure their Epiphany Series DAS to upload data to the Internet. It is designed to upload data through firewalls without modification or intervention of IT personnel. The company said testing to date indicates that there are no problems.


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