Wattmon - Intelligent Remote Monitoring and Control

Wattmon helps you log data, monitor and control your devices over the Internet

REMOTE MONITORING

Access your data over the Internet using any browser or smart phone

LOG & CONTROL

Log data and control your devices with automated rules - no programming required!

VIEW & ANALYSE

View intuitive graphs to understand and troubleshoot your system easily






Where can Wattmon be used?



Keeps track of remaining capacity and battery health with options to automatically control charging.
Interface with Inverters and Power meters to log AC energy - monitor your grid tie solar inverter production remotely.
Control devices around your home or company automatically. Meet the Internet of Things!
Remotely monitor your AC & DC solar pumps including water flow rate and power
Monitor solar energy production and DC energy generated
Monitor wind speed or energy generation from your turbine
Measure temperature, pressure, humidity, irradiation, wind speed, rainfall and more
Monitor telecom tower batteries and automate charging

Features & Benefits



Highly Versatile
Lets you customise device to your exact needs with intuitive interfaces
Easy To Use
Allows non-programmers to configure and automate things
Web-Based
Accessible from your phone, tablet and pc through our proxy server from anywhere
Industry Compliant
Integrate new and existing devices easily using Modbus RTU & TCP
Local Storage
Securely store your data locally, control who can see it
Cloud Ready
Upload data to your own server or use our advanced cloud portal
Programmable
Write your own scripts in a built-in editor using uPHP to extend functionality

Testimonials

I don’t see anymore how it is possible to manage a solar system without the full monitoring and control provided by Wattmon, it is a small investment that makes the big one - of the solar system - finally 100% worth its value.
Didier / Auroville / India
I am very happy to be using a Wattmon; it is very practical and controls the charging, from the mains, of my battery bank during the night time, whenever the battery charge level falls below a certain level and stops the charging when it reaches another level. All these parameters are programmable and can even be managed remotely. As a result I believe my battery will have a longer and better life than otherwise. The Wattmon is being continuously improved and upgraded...it's a very necessary accessory to your solar power system.
Angad / Auroville / India
We have been impressed by the flexibility of the Wattmon, its simple programmability enabled us to use it for a complicated application that would otherwise have required designing our own device.
Mitra / Lumeter Networks / USA



How Can Wattmon Help You?




Versatile Solutions

Monitoring Hardware
Devices that let you get to your data remotely with minimal hassle
Cloud Portal
Find out how our cloud based portal can help you
Understand
Understand the Wattmon system quickly





Battery Monitoring

Wattmon has built-in features for battery monitoring, and with a few configuration settings you can keep track of a battery bank with voltages ranging from 12V DC to over 300V DC. For low voltages below 60V DC (a 48V battery bank) Wattmon can be directly connected to the batteries via the cable provided, and voltages will be measured from the same cable. For higher voltages an additional power adapter is required.

How does it work?

There are various ways of determining the remaining capacity in a battery. One of these ways is called Coulomb Counting. Another uses voltage to determine the remaining energy. A third method will actually check the specific gravity of the battery liquid to determine the state of charge.

Wattmon monitors inbound and outbound current from the battery bank and uses the Coulomb Counting method. Current flowing through the sensors is read once a second and accumulated in registers.  By configuring the total capacity of the battery, an accurate view of remaining energy is then calculated by subtracting and adding from this value. 

For example: 

A 100 Ah (Ampere hour) battery will be (theoretically) able to supply 10 Amperes for 10 hours (10 A/h * 10h = 100 Ah).  If you take out 10 A for 1 hour, Wattmon will show your battery State of Charge (SoC) as 90%.  If you then charge the battery at 10 Amps for 30 minutes, the battery will show 95% full (90 Ah + 5 Ah).

The Algorithm

Wattmon lets you set the various parameters in the Control Panel. Wattmon will reset the battery status to full when the battery voltage is higher than the 'full voltage' threshold (adjustable) and the current drops below a specific value (adjustable) for a set period of minutes (adjustable). This flexible set of options ensures that most requirements can be easily met.

Different battery chemistries have different efficiencies. You can enter the charge efficiency if you desire to get even more accurate results. If you are using a lead acid chemistry, you can also enter the Peukert constant of your battery bank to get an accurate discharge profile for higher currents.
This method has in our experimental setups proven to be quite accurate. It is definitely more than sufficient to get a good overview of remaining energy.
The device will, based on the remaining energy and the average load over the last few minutes calculate the run time through a web interface from your PC or mobile.

Accuracy

There are many devices which claim to have an accuracy of below 1%. We claim no such thing! It is accurate when it comes to estimating the remaining capacity, however there are cases when it can be off by up to 5 or 10%. Lead acid chemistry is in general difficult to measure accurately. There are temperature differences and many other factors that will affect the state of charge of a battery.

The Hardware

In order to monitor a battery bank, you will require a WattmonPRO and a current sensor module.  Depending on the current you need, this could be the C252 (25A), C502 (50A) or C752 (75A) or the C100s (100A) modules. The two sections below explain how to connect up the system to monitor different types of setup.  Please note that if only one channel is required (for example when only using an inverter and no solar) the left channel of the current sensor module can be ignored.

Monitoring Battery Banks of Upto 48V DC

The following diagram shows the components required to monitor battery banks of up to 48V DC.

Diagram: Monitoring battery bank setups of up to 48V DC

Monitoring Battery Banks of Upto 330V DC

The following diagram shows the components required to monitor battery banks of up to 300V DC.  This requires an additional AC to DC or DC/DC power adapter to power the WattmonPRO device.

Diagram: Monitoring high voltage battery banks (up to 330V)

The battery ground needs to be tied to the power adapter ground. 

Tip: Using a switch mode power supply, you can connect the power adapter directly to the high voltage battery terminals.

View WattmonPRO Details

View C752 Dual Current Sensor Details

News

Zero Feed and DG Protection

Zero Feed - The Why

In India many states experience frequent and crippling power cuts.  Solar rooftop systems are springing up everywhere, from small residential houses to large factories in attempt to save costs and in so doing reduce carbon emissions.  Many states have not modified their policies yet to allow feed in, which in turn means that all solar generation needs to be used within the premises.   This is fine when the installed capacity is much less than the average load, but when a larger solar plant is installed problems can and will occur when loads are less in peak solar hours and during weekends.

Zero Feed - The How

A power meter is installed at the incomer of the building, and is used as a reference to determine the active power load on the building.  This meter needs to be able to communicate with Modbus RTU.  The Wattmon device is connected to both the power meter and the inverters.  It will regularly poll the power meter to determine the active power.  As it reaches a threshold value that can be set by the user, it will ramp down the output power on the inverters using power control commands on Modbus RTU.  This will effectively limit the amount of generation dynamically so that exporting of power does not happen.

DG Protection - The Why

Diesel generators bridge the gap during power cuts and in some locations they are used 24/7.  When coupled with solar grid tie inverters, a saving of fuel can be achieved.  However, it is important to balance the amount of solar power generated so as not to trip the genset, which effectively means you need to maintain a certain minimum load on the generator at all times.

DG Protection - The How

A power meter is installed on the output of the genset, and connected to the Wattmon in the same way as with zero feed.  The Wattmon monitors the energy generated and if it drops below a set point, it will reduce the power of the inverters so as to ensure that the generator does not trip.  

Both these systems can be installed at the same site by using two power meters and some software customization which will allow the set points to vary based on whether grid energy is available or whether the system is running on the generator.

For more details on our system, please contact us.

 

Wattmon Is Going to Intersolar 2017

We are going to be at Intersolar Munich (May 31-June 2) and look forward to meeting you all there at stall B3.472!

We will be showcasing our two existing products, the WattmonPRO and WattmonMINI and launching our newest product, the WattmonMEGA.