PicoCell 2HP

Off Grid Solar Pump Controller

DESCRIPTION: PicoCell replaces traditional electromagnetic design concepts with high voltage silicon and patented adaptive firmware. This drives a dramatic reduction in size and complexity. One small device now incorporates and integrates the functionality of an inverter, VFD, MPPT controller, phase initiator and voltage boost in a form factor the size of a tissue box. One universal SKU can power any motor, pump, compressor or other load regardless of whether it is single or three phase AC, 50 or 60Hz, 120 or 230VAC. Designed to handle remote off-grid installations, the all aluminum chassis is IP65 rated for harsh outdoor environments and can operate in high temperatures, humidity and corrosive environments. PicoCell supports up to 2 digital and 4 analog sensor inputs allowing for a variety of sophisticated installation scenarios. Optional WiFi, Cellular, and LORA communication modules facilitate ease of integration for IoT and data analytics applications.

Power Blender

The Power Blender is a PicoCell option that seamlessly blends power between a solar array and the power grid.

DESCRIPTION: It is ideally suited for applications that require 24/7 or some night time operation, particularly in areas with high power costs. The combination of the PicoCell controller and the optional Power Blender represents a very cost effective way to supplement solar power with controllable night time operation without the expense of adding a bank of batteries.

If there is full solar irradiance, the PicoCell and Power Blender will draw all power from the PV array. As cloud cover or impending darkness reduce the level of solar irradiance, the system makes up the difference by drawing from the grid. As full darkness descends the system draws all of its power from the grid. In high energy cost areas, this allows for both power firming during the day and full nighttime operation while consuming as little power from the grid as possible.

Wifi or Cellular Communication

The Wifi or Cellular Communication is a PicoCell daughterboard that is ideally suited for applications that require remote monitoring and control of pumping systems.

DESCRIPTION: The Wifi or Cellular Communication module integrates seamlessly with the PicoCell and enables IoT capabilities like remote system control, and remote system monitoring. When combined with the Analog Sensor Board, the Wireless or Cellular Communication Board enables the operation of external sensors of the customer’s choosing such as wind speed, or flow rate sensors.

The sensor outputs, and control capabilities, can be accessed through the internet using our Wireless Communication Portal platform. The Wireless Communication Portal allows for access and control using a standard browser on either a desktop computer or smartphone device. Through the Wireless Communication Portal, a deeper understanding of your system’s operation can be gained by observing long term trends that can give insights to optimize system performance.

Analog Sensor Board

The Analog Sensor Board is a PicoCell accessory that allows the user to add additional sensors to monitor inputs such as temperature, wind speed, etc.

DESCRIPTION: The sensors can be powered from the Analog Sensor Board’s 3.3VDC or 5VDC voltage rails, and then by connecting the sensor outputs to the Analog Sensor Board the signals can be sampled and forwarded to the Wireless Communication Portal. The Wireless Communication Portal allows customers to access sensor data in real time, as well as historical sensor data so that long term trends can be found and systems can be optimized.

The Wirless Communication Portal can be accessed remotely using a standard browser and either a desktop computer or smartphone device. Any sensor that can be powered off of 3.3VDC, or 5VDC, and has a DC voltage output between 0-5VDC can be used. This allows for flexible implementations that can be tailored to the customer’s needs and unique applications.