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WattsOn Energy Meter

WattsOn - Mark II

The Wattson-Mark II is an energy meter that utilizes advanced metering technology to implement a multi-function power and energy meter into a compact, cost-effective package. With its cutting-edge metering technology, the WattsOn-Mark II provides unprecedented accuracy, resolution and metering performance for any electrical installation.

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MKIII-LR

The MKIII-LR is a wireless, solar-powered weather station. By transmitting data every 2 seconds, without delay, the MKIII-LR is able to send information to the LED display or computer interface immediately. The MKIII-LR weather station measures, records, and transmits data such as wind speed and direction, temperature (inside and outside), relative humidity, barometric pressure, and rainfall.

       

AYA News

Fort Cherry Elementary Students Power Up With New Discovery Zone

Solar Panel InstallationMcDonald, PA – Students at Fort Cherry Elementary School are getting a hands-on experience with solar energy and the school’s energy consumption, thanks to a solar power installation by AYA Instruments Inc.

The AYA solar power station and weather station was highlighted during the grand opening of the Fort Cherry Discovery Zone on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

AYA Instruments installed a solar power station and weather station in the Discovery Zone to help educate Fort Cherry students about solar energy and energy consumption. The Discovery Zone is used by students in grades K-12 of all content areas for several projects and activities, as well as staff and community members of the Fort Cherry School District. The Discovery Zone will include a worm/root garden, self-watering systems, shade garden, living salsa wall, and a wall mural.

Solar Panel InstallationAYA was selected for the installation in the summer of 2016 after Dr. Trish Craig, the Fort Cherry School Director of Curriculum and Instruction, received funding from the Benedum Foundation, Grable Foundation, and Chevron, specifically the STEAM grant (collaboration with AIU3 and IU1), Expanding Innovation Grant (collaboration with Remake Learning, LUMA Institute, South Fayette School District, and Chatham University Eden Hall).

The off-grid solar power station supplies the Discovery Zone with 2000 watts of power to two AC outlets that also provide USB connections for student use. An off-grid or standalone photovoltaic system is not connected to the utility grid, instead producing its own electricity through the sun’s energy. In the future, the students will have the option of connecting a wind turbine or generator to the station. The station has a battery bank to store the electricity for later use.  The students will be able to monitor the performance of the station with a web-based software program.

Click here to download the press release.


University of Pittsburgh Solar Project

Solar Panel InstallationAYA Instruments Inc. was recently an adviser to the University of Pittsburgh in completing a solar project on the college campus, which was funded by John A. Swanson PhD ’66, the universities largest benefactor. AYA assisted students, faculty, and alumni from the Swanson School of Engineering in installing a solar power array on the roof of Benedum Hall at the University of Pittsburgh. This was the first installment on the University of Pittsburgh campus, but more are likely to be built. Carl Lotz, project adviser and sales manager at AYA, worked with a solar panel installation company to station the 18 PV solar panels, which were positioned in 3 directions: east, south, and west. They were also installed at different tilts: 25 degrees and 45 degrees. This enables faculty and students to compare the power output at different directions and angles.

The purpose of the solar arrays is to provide both residents and businesses of many different industries around Western Pennsylvania with concrete data about solar power generation in our area. The project is designed to provide hands-on research for the school’s new Power Engineering Lab.

Due to its relatively high latitude and weather conditions, such as cloudiness and snow, Western Pennsylvania is not usually associated with substantial solar power yield. One of the main objectives of this project is to determine the overall feasibility and viability of solar power generation in Pittsburgh, considering the decline in solar energy costs and its uses in various settings and applications. Learning more and specifically identifying factors such as cloud coverage, ambient temperature, panel temperature, and azimuth direction and finding possible ways to combat negative effects on the output could provide our region with more information and research about solar power generation.

According to Dr. Marangoni, one of the faculty members who assisted Dr. Swanson, “This is a distinctive solar installation because the students have participated in hands-on research with our benefactor, Dr. John Swanson, through a product realization course.” Through this project, students have been able to take part in the installation and the integration of the array into the Power Engineering Lab (PEL).

The solar panels supply electricity and power generation data to the PEL and enables faculty and students to explore integrating other power generation sources such as wind.

You can check out the data produced by the solar panels and Power Engineering Lab here: https://enlighten.enphaseenergy.com/pv/public_systems/CPrj147358/

 

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Solar Kiosk

Solar Kiosk - Bloomberg UniversityAYA Instruments Inc. played a role in the installation of a solar kiosk at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. AYA supplied the university with instrumentation to build a structure that is designed to educate the Bloomsburg University community about solar energy and the university’s energy consumption.

The kiosk is phase two of a four-phase energy project, which began with the installation of a 14-panel solar array. Using the Lucid Design Groups Building Dashboard software, students and faculty are able to look at energy use in five buildings across the campus. The structure is similar to a bus shelter on campus and has an interactive digital display, energy meters, and two-axis solar panels that track the sun in real time. These panels are programmed to automatically follow the movement of the sun and maximize the energy gathered. On the display at the kiosk, how much power, in watts, and energy, in watt-hours, each panel is producing is shown.

This system will be utilized by students in energy-and-environment-related courses, and research student who will be able to access raw data for their own projects. The data and trends of this software will be used in the final phase of the four-phase project.
The usage of energy in each building is documented on a daily basis and the results can be found here: http://buildingdashboard.net/bloomu/#/bloomu//

 

Open Solar Outdoors Test Field

OSOTF Solar System - Queen's UniversityGrowing at unparalleled rates around the world, the solar photovoltaic industry is creating jobs that both underpin a green economy and a sustainable power grid. Due to this growth, there has been an increased demand for high-quality research in solar system design and optimization in realistic, and often times extreme, outdoor environments.

AYA Instruments Inc. was recently involved in a project at Queens University in Ontario, Canada, along with 18 other organizations, which form the Open Solar Outdoors Test Field (OSOTF). Originally developed with a strong partnership between the Applied Sustainability Research Group and the Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC), the OSOTF collaboration has grown rapidly to include multiple industry partners.

The OSOTF is a fully grid-connected test system that has been redesigned to provide critical data and research on PV systems optimization. There are 95 photovoltaic models that are continuously monitored and their performance is correlated to a long list of highly accurate meteorological readings. As one of the largest systems in the world for this detailed level of analysis, it has provided valuable information on the actual performance of photovoltaic modules in real-world conditions. The OSOTF is organized under open source principles, meaning that all data and analysis is made freely available to the public.

The results yielded have been aimed at determining how different weather conditions impact the effectiveness of solar panels and which type of solar panels will be most efficient in particular environments.

More details:  http://www.appropedia.org/OSOTF
Check out the results here: https://www.academia.edu/1498481/Open_Solar_Photovoltaic_Systems_Optimization