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.

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Power Blending Controller

The Power Blending Controlleris a PicoCell accessory 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 Blending Controller 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 Blending Controller 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.

As can be seen in the diagram below the majority of the day time operation is effectively offloaded from the grid. This is particularly impactful in areas with high demand charges or time of use pricing. Typical applications include swimming pool pumps, solar decorative fountains, aerators and waste water treatment systems.

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Battery Hybrid

The Battery Hybrid Controller is a PicoCell accessory that seamlessly 

blends the power between solar PV array and battery bank.

DESCRIPTION: The Pico Battery Hybrid Controller is an accessory device for PicoCell series controller, adding functionality for 24/7 operation by providing seamless battery backup and power blending. In conjunction with the Battery Hybrid controller, PicoCell is the only variable frequency drive on the market that runs single and three phase AC loads.

The Pico Battery Hybrid provides a high degree of flexibility in configuring solar battery backup systems. It can even provide inputs for 2 different PicoCell controllers of off the same battery bank if desired. The PicoCell fully controls charging and discharging operation of the batteries, so that their State of Charge (SoC) can be remotely monitored using PicoCell’s communication modules.

The Pico Battery Hybrid controller is suitable for fractional horse- power AC motor loads with critical operating duty cycles, such as pond aeration systems, potable water pumps, aquaculture and farm fisheries, etc.

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Wireless or Cellular Communication Board

The Wireless or Cellular Communication Board is a PicoCell daughterboard that is ideally suited for  

applications that require remote monitoring and control of pumping systems.

DESCRIPTION: It 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.

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Analog Sensor Board

Off Grid Solar Pump Controller

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.

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