Heinz Pieren’s ArdaSol was recently featured on the official Arduino blog. This innovative platform is designed to monitor energy production and consumption of a domestic photovoltaic plant.
ArdaSol can be broken down into three primary components. The first – known as ArdaSol Display – is built around an Atmel-based Arduino Mega board (ATmega2560 MCU) and tasked with collecting data, as well as relaying information to a remote server.
Last, but certainly not least, the Remote PVI Interface is based on a (second) Arduino Uno. The PVI is equipped with an RS485 interface connected to the ArdaSol remote, effectively acting as a gateway to the ArdaSol Display.
“It converts the requests, with a radio signal to the PVI and vice versa,” Pieren added.